The birth of a baby can trigger very powerful emotions from joy and love to anxiety and fear. There can also be an emotion you were not expecting – depression. You are not alone.
Many new moms experience the “baby blues” after giving birth. This can include mood swings and crying spells. This usually fades quickly. Some new moms experience a more severe, longer lasting form of depression known as Postpartum Depression. Postpartum Depression can often include lots of anxiety.
We care for women experiencing a wide range of Postpartum Depression issues, including baby blues, normal adjustment, depression, anxiety, and OCD.
Are you worried that you are depressed after having your baby?
Symptoms of Postpartum Depression include:
- Depressed mood
- Sleep changes (too much or not enough)
- Irritability and anger
- Extreme fatigue, sluggishness
- Feelings of shame, guilt, inadequacy, hopelessness
- Difficulty bonding with your baby
- Changes in appetite
- Large weight gain or loss
- Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
- Difficulty concentrating
- Loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed
Our experienced clinicians are here to help you understand what is happening and guide you toward feeling better. Postpartum Depression is not a character flaw or a weakness. About 15% – 20% of new mothers experience Postpartum Depression; it is one of the most common complications of childbirth. Starting treatment quickly, by our experienced clinicians, can help you manage your symptoms and care for your baby.
We have seen these symptoms many times before and know what to do to help resolve them.
Please mention the “Women’s Reproductive Program” when you call to make an appointment, so that we may schedule you with the appropriate providers.