Postpartum Depression and Postpartum Anxiety Therapy
Becoming a parent can be both an exciting time as well as a deeply life changing experience. The perinatal period (the time from the desire for pregnancy up until the first year of a baby’s life) can be both complex and unique to each mother, partner, or caregiver.
Many new mothers come to us feeling overwhelmed as they manage the physical, emotional, and hormonal changes associated with pregnancy and postpartum. Perinatal mood disorders (perinatal or postpartum mood disorder, perinatal or postpartum anxiety, perinatal/postpartum psychosis, perinatal/postpartum OCD) are the most commonly discussed issues affecting mothers, partners, and caregivers, however there are often other, less known challenges that can impactful during this sensitive time period. Common symptoms can include:
Issues associated with loss (fertility grief, perinatal loss)
Fears surrounding birth or the birth process
feeling as though one is on an emotional rollercoaster
feeling disconnected from the baby, others, or one’s self
feelings of guilt, inadequacy, or worthlessness
concerns about something bad happening
thoughts of self harm or harm to one’s baby
difficulty concentrating or making decisions
While 80% of new mothers experience Baby Blues in the first few days and weeks after birth, approximately 20% of pregnant and new mothers have longer lasting Postpartum Mood Disorders. In most cases, these are very temporary and treatable conditions but there can be negative consequences for both the baby and the caregiver if left unaddressed.
Many sentiments we hear from our clients include:
“ I don’t know what is wrong with me – I was so excited about having my baby and now I just cry all the time.”
“I feel like I should be happy but I’m not.”
“I constantly feel like something is going to go wrong.”
“I feel like by having this baby I can’t be the mother I want to be to my other kids.”
Therapy can help to normalize your experience and understand what you are going through. You do not have to go through this alone. We will partner with you to help you get the care you need and assist you in implementing strategies to support recovery.