Are You Struggling with Postpartum Depression?
If so, you’re far from alone!
About 80% of new mothers experience something called baby blues. The symptoms are the same as depression but only last a few days to a week after giving birth. One in seven women (about 14%) have postpartum depression. These women have 5 or more of the symptoms below for more than 2 weeks and the symptoms affect their ability to function in daily life.
You may want to ask a spouse, family member, or close friend to give you feedback on what they are observing, as sometimes it is hard to determine the severity of your mood and functioning when you are in it. Here are some of the symptoms to look for:
- Feeling restless or moody
- Feeling sad, hopeless, and overwhelmed
- Crying a lot
- Having no energy or motivation
- Eating too little or too much
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Having trouble focusing or making decisions
- Having memory problems
- Feeling worthless and guilty
- Losing interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
- Withdrawing from friends and family
- Having headaches, aches and pains, or stomach problems that don’t go away
If you have several of these symptoms for more than two weeks, professional counseling and therapy can be helpful to determine whether the causes of your depression are more chemical or situational.
Many women doubt themselves because they see this list and think “isn’t everyone overwhelmed, not sleeping, not focusing, eating a lot and withdrawing from people when they have a new baby?”
Of course, the answer is, “Yes!” All women feel this way to some degree… But, when the feelings reach a level where you’re having a hard time functioning, there’s cause for concern.
The online counseling and postpartum depression treatment services I provide can help:
- Provide a safe place where you can talk about your feelings and seek to understand why you’re having the symptoms or reactions that are troubling you.
- Support and encourage you to make sure your self-care is a high priority. The happier you are, the better a parent you are, and the happier your child will be. Most mothers think they can do it all, but the reality is that they need help from others, physically and emotionally. We can and will work together to come up with ways that you can ask for help and give yourself what you need.
- Improve your self-worth. Many mothers struggle to feel “good enough” and therapy can be a place to gain encouragement about how well you are mothering, as well as get support to make changes in the areas you’d like to improve.
- Decrease symptoms of anxiety and/or depression. I will help you determine whether your symptoms are situational or more chemical related. And, if your symptoms don’t subside with therapy alone, I will educate you about the options concerning natural remedies and psychotropic medication.