Postpartum Depression

If you recently gave birth and are experiencing overwhelming feelings of sadness, emotional turmoil, loneliness, and stress, I'm here to help in this new life transition. My goal is to aid you in symptom reduction and to provide tools to help manage the physical and emotional difficulties that can occur after giving birth.

Postpartum depression (PPD) occurs during one of the most difficult transitions of life -- where the stakes are high and the demands feel impossible.  Your life, body, and time are now occupied by an additional person (or persons), with little room for self-care and self-compassion.   In addition to the expected exhaustion, you find your self feeling overwhelmed, lonely, unsupported, sad, and angry.

Postpartum mental health issues occur in 10-20% of women after having a baby, miscarriage, or stillbirth.  The depression generally occurs 4 weeks to a year after the baby is born.  New resources suggest that PPD can even occur up to two years after giving birth to a child.  PPD can occur after any pregnancy, whether it is your first, third, or sixth child.  Women who have had it once before, are likely to experience it again, and previous suffers of depression are also more likely to have PPD after the birth of a child.

Counseling has been proven to help reduce the symptoms of PPD and help a mother achieve wellness.  However, it may feel impossible to ask for help when time is precious and the stress is high.  My goal is to help the mother achieve symptom reduction quickly, and to help her develop a sense of stability and strength in herself. 

Other Postpartum disorders:

Women can also develop disorders such as PTSD, Anxiety, OCD, and in extreme cases, psychosis after the birth of a child.  These mental health disorders should be taken seriously and it is highly recommended that they treated by a professional.

 

Signs of Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

  • Excessive weepiness
  • Insomnia

  • Fatigue

  • Agitation

  • Anger

  • Excessive feelings of guilt and shame

  • Low Energy

  • Feeling disconnected with self and/or baby

  • Brain fog

  • Pervasive feelings of sadness

  • Hopelessness

  • Irritability

  • Suicidal thoughts

  • Intrusive thoughts

  • Panic

  • Impaired Concentration

  • Overwhelmed

  • Feeling the urge to hurt oneself or child