Many women struggle with depression and anxiety during their life and it can become worse in pregnancy and during the postpartum period. During pregnancy and following the birth of a child, a women’s body experiences drastic changes in hormone levels which can effect the symptoms of depression and anxiety and even Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. In addition, often times women avoid medication which they previously found helpful during pregnancy and while breastfeeding for fear of harming their child. While research supports successful treatment of mental health disorders during both pregnancy and breastfeeding with medication, many women opt out any treatment at all. Clinical levels of depression and anxiety can negatively impact the relationship between a child and their mother further exacerbating the struggle during the postpartum phase. With support through a therapeutic relationship, you can get the support to feel better.
Symptoms of Anxiety include: constant worry, feeling that something bad is going to happen, racing thoughts, disturbances in appetite and sleep, inability to sit still, physical symptoms such as dizziness, headaches and nausea.
Symptoms of Depression: feelings of anger and irritability, lack of interest in the baby, crying and sadness, appetite and sleep disturbances, feelings of guilt, shame or hopelessness, loss of interest, joy or pleasure and possibly thoughts of harming oneself or the baby.
If you feel like you struggle with depression or anxiety or some of the symptoms listed above and would like to work toward finding a greater balance and more stable moods as well as a deeper connection with your infant or child; email Emily today to set up an appointment email@example.com. She has years of experience supporting women and their families during this challenging time.
Please visit the www.perinatalsupportalliance.org for our local warmline, support group and other resources related to mental health.
More information can be found at www.postpartum.net related to perinatal mental health struggles.
You can hear more about perinatal mental health on the podcast the Joy of Becoming Real – where Julia Wheelock interviews Emily Kohler to talk through postpartum mood and anxiety disorders.