Postpartum Depression & Anxiety

It Starts With Mom

More than 20% of mothers suffer from perinatal (another name for pregnancy and postpartum) issues – many realize that something is wrong, but often do not seek help. The important thing to remember is that the symptoms are temporary and treatable with professional care.

This article by Deena Drewis from GirlBoss put it nicely:

“The irony here is pretty rich: The human race depends on women giving birth, and yet we, as a culture, hate talking about the reality of what that’s like. Even more than that, we hate talking about what happens to a woman in the weeks after she gives birth…

Treating the source

Postpartum depression anxiety therapy baby

As if bringing home a new baby wasn’t scary enough! Now you have to worry about your own well-being, too.

Luckily, there are some initial steps you can take to lay the groundwork for a healthy (and happy) postpartum experience. Additionally, most mothers don’t find postpartum problems because they simply aren’t looking for them.

First off, PPD is similar to other forms of depression. It’s important to recognize your symptoms and take action right away. These can include but are not limited to:

  • Feeling down or depressed for most of the day for several weeks or more
  • Feeling distant and withdrawn from family and friends (this includes baby)
  • A loss of interest in activities (including sex)
  • Inability to relax
  • Changes in eating and sleeping habits
  • Feeling tired most of the day
  • Feeling angry and/or irritable
  • Having feelings of anxiety, worry, panic attacks or racing thoughts

So What Now?

Despite the mislaid cultural fantasy that parenthood is blissful and being with a newborn will be the happiest time in your life, the reality can feel scary, isolating, and exhausting. Postpartum anxiety and depression will affect over 10% of new parents, and thankfully, it is treatable.

Meghan is our in-house postpartum specialist.

Postpartum depression and anxiety therapist Meghan

If you’re wondering “will this get better?” you’re not alone. You are not bad for feeling afraid or disconnected. More importantly, you can feel better and be the parent, partner, and self that you want to be. Meghan would love to see you.

Make An Appointment ➞

Postpartum Depression or Anxiety – which one is it?

Whether you are struggling with infertility or pregnancy, feeling depressed/anxious/overwhelmed after the birth of your baby, or are recovering from a traumatic birth, Simple Modern Therapy wants to hear your story and offers educated support and guidance as you navigate the transition to parenthood. We offer a safe place, free from judgment and expectation, for you to develop the skills and solutions that will get you feeling better again.

You deserve to feel better. In addition, you deserve to feel supported, and you deserve to not have to go through this alone.

Make An Appointment ➞

(801) 920-7112    |    appointments@simplemodern.org

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