Having a baby is the most wonderful thing in the world…. until it isn’t.
After having a baby, a woman can be at risk for depression or anxiety. Symptoms of postpartum depression occur in over 30% of New Brunswick mothers, similar to the rest of North America. Sometimes these symptoms get confused with the big changes that come with a new baby: sleepless nights, constant baby care, wondering if you are “doing it right,” all of that. But if your baby is two weeks old and you are still not feeling anything like yourself, you may be struggling with a postpartum disorder.
During pregnancy, many women develop depression that is not recognized. In part this is because pregnancy itself puts demands on the body. But if you are having persistent low mood, sleep and appetite disruptions, disturbing thoughts that persist, excessive fatigue and low motivation, you can tell your doctor.
Postpartum and pregnancy depression and anxiety are TREATABLE. While medication is available, many women are concerned about the use of medications while pregnant or breastfeeding. Psychotherapy or counseling can be very helpful in treating pregnancy and postpartum depression and anxiety. Many women get the best results with a combination of medication and therapy. I will work with your doctor to help you get the treatment that you want and that will best meet your needs.
Therapy for postpartum is all about SUPPORT. You want to feel better, and you need someone to help you do this. Imagine finding out that your scary thoughts are symptoms of this illness, and that you are not going crazy. Imagine learning some different ways to cope with how you are feeling and what you are thinking. Many women have had many of these same experiences, and have recovered and are doing well.