Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

The process of creating life and bringing a new child into the world is a miraculous process. It also can be exhausting. Early parenthood often involves a lack of sleep, hormonal changes, financial stress, changes in relationships, and learning how to adapt to all of the challenges of becoming a caretaker. Research shows up to 1/4 parents on all ends of the gender spectrum will experience a postpartum mood disorder.

Postpartum Mood Disorders

A Postpartum Mood Disorders is a disruption in mood, thinking, emotional or behavioral patterns that last more than 2 weeks. Typically in mothers symptoms begin to occur somewhere between giving birth and 3 months, and in fathers between 9 months to a year after after the birth, but the time frame can vary. Sometimes symptoms begin before the baby is born, sometimes they present themselves more than a year after birth.  Symptoms can also develop in response to adopting children or after a miscarriage. The two most common types of postpartum mood disorders are depression and anxiety.  Many people experience a mix between both disorders.

Symptoms of Postpartum Depression

  • Mood is often sad, empty, hopeless, apathetic, angry, frustrated, irritable, or critical.
  • Loss of interest in doing normal activities. Loss of pleasure from activities.
  • Feeling a lack of connection to the baby or your partner. Feeling like an outsider in the family
  • Changes in appetite. Appetite may be reduced or it may increase significantly.
  • Unintentional weight gain or weight loss
  • Fatigue, exhaustion. Yeah you’re a new parent, still you’re feeling more tired than you should.
  • Insomnia, or hypersomina (excessive sleeping.)
  • Becoming a workaholic, its becomes difficult to stop doing tasks, or to relax.
  • Increase in substance use
  • Increase in headaches, digestion problems, or physical pain
  • Feelings of regret for becoming a parent
  • Scary thoughts, including thoughts about harming the baby or oneself
  • Intrusive memories of childhood trauma

Symptoms of Postpartum Anxiety

  • Mood or thoughts often feels like it’s experiencing worry, guilt, apprehension.
  • Racing thoughts, getting stuck in thought loops.
  • Chest pain or tightness, tight jaw or tmj, breath feels tight.
  • Inability to concentrate, mind feels blank, or like its stuck spinning its wheels.
  • Feeling edgy, nervous, irritable, or restless
  • Increased body tension, aches, or soreness. Digestion issues or nausea
  • Feeling you tire or strain easier than you should physically or mentally
  • Fear or worry that this is all big mistake, desire to get away
  • Increase in substance use
  • Social Anxiety
  • Worry about wanting to be a perfect parent, fear or critical of making mistakes

Treatment

We provide the following treatments for Postpartum Depression and anxiety disorders. We also understand that as a parent it can be very hard to get out of the house. Please ask us about our home-delivered counseling, body wellness, and energy healing services.

  • Individual Counseling for Parents, Mothers, and Fathers
  • Couples Counseling
  • At-home yoga instruction
  • Massage Therapy
  • Infant Massage Training
  • Reiki Healing

Interested in treatment? Contact us to find out more or schedule your first appointment.