Having a baby is a wonderful time but it also can be a stressful time
Whether the pregnancy is planned or unplanned, whether it’s your first child or your third…sometimes what we experience during pregnancy, delivery and the time back home is not what we expect. Maybe your friends and family don’t understand because you look better than you really feel. Maybe you just don’t feel yourself or maybe your feelings are sudden and so new to you that you feel confused or frightened. Maybe the strategies you have used in the past to address symptoms of anxiety and depression just no longer work.
I am here to help with Postpartum Depression, Anxiety and Depression during Pregnancy, Perinatal Loss, as well as with Individual, Couples and Family Counseling.
I understand new mothers want to find relief quickly and therefore my therapy is a blend of cognitive behavioral and interpersonal therapy which focuses on relationships and personal changes that come with having a new baby.
The sooner treatment begins the better.
Postpartum Depression (PPD) – is a combination of biological, emotional and behavioral changes and occurs in 15-20% of all women who give birth and can occur after the birth of any child.
Antenatal Depression or Anxiety presents with similar symptoms but occur during pregnancy.
Symptoms vary among women, but some can include:
- Anxiety/Excessive Worry
- Sadness/Excessive Crying
- Change in Appetite (Increase or Decrease)
- Fatigue, Lack of Concentration or Focus
- Irritability, Anger
- Feeling Overwhelmed, Inadequate, Frightened
- Feelings of Guilt, Hopelessness
- Disturbing, Intrusive and/or Racing Thoughts
- Difficulty Bonding with Baby
- Nausea, Stomach/Head Aches, Shakiness
What Causes Postpartum Depression?
The exact reason some women experience PPD and some do not is unknown. However, there are certain risk factors associated with experiencing Postpartum Depression.
- Personal or Family History of Depression or Anxiety
- Having a High Needs Baby (Colic, Premature, Medical Complications)
- High Risk Pregnancy and/or Medical Complications During Delivery
- Depression or Anxiety During Pregnancy
- Previous Postpartum Depression
- Extreme Stress (ie: Financial or Marital Difficulties, Bereavement)
- Recent, Major Changes (Relocation, Move, Job Change…)
- Lack of Social Support or Isolation
- Victimization of Abuse or Violence
- Anxiety & Stress Management
- Alleviating Depression
- Postpartum Depression
- Bereavement and Loss
- Relationship Conflict
- Life Transitions
- Work and Life Balance
- Self Esteem