- This pregnancy has not been how you imagined - you thought you would feel happy, excited that your baby was coming but instead, you're sad all the time and you're filled with worry?
- You imagined you would spend time marveling over this sweet, sleeping child or cooing at each other but instead you can't relax and you can't sleep?
- Do you worry that no matter what you do, it's not enough?
- Do you wish you could feel like your old self again - do you even remember who that was?
- Do you feel guilty that you're not getting it right?
It’s normal to feel fatigued, stressed, or anxious after having a child. It’s also common to worry about being a good parent or making the right choices for your baby and your family. You may cry for no reason, experience low moods, fatigue, or other symptoms for two or three weeks after childbirth. If your feelings seem "out-sized" or last longer than a few weeks, you may be experiencing a perinatal mood disorder.
"Perinatal Mood Disorders" refers to a cluster of symptoms that occur around the time of childbirth. These mood disorders can include anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and even psychosis. All these disorders have two things in common:
- they occur during your pregnancy or up to one year after and
- they cause you a lot of pain and anguish.
Perinatal mood disorders can last a long time. Symptoms generally do not go away on their own and can last for weeks, months, or even years. And they can become severe. But there is hope.
How We Can Help
Through proven, effective therapy methods our Perinatal Mental Health experts can help you quickly get to the root of the problem and uses a compassionate, problem-solving and collaborative approach to identify and treat the issues that are causing you pain. With our guidance, you’ll:
- Create strategies to cope with feelings of guilt, sadness, and anxiety
- Learn how to manage sleep better
- Adjust to the life transitions that having a baby brings
- Balance the needs of your family, relationships, career and self.
Our goal is to give you the tools you need so you become your best self and are able to provide the best care to your baby and your family. With treatment, full recovery is likely. The length of time it takes to recover can depend on how long your symptoms go untreated, how serious depression symptoms are, and the type of treatmen you receive. Sometimes you may need medication and we can help you make that determination. We will:
- Tailor a program to fit your needs
- Fit in your schedule either in person or virtually
- Teach you coping skills to manage your depression and anxiety and help you sleep
- Help you regain a sense of your own identity as a person and not just a mother
- Help you understand you are not alone and walk with you on your path to recovery.