Post-partum mental health

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Perinatal Mood Disorders include the following temporary and treatable conditions that occur during and/or after pregnancy.

  • Post Partum Depression
  • Post-Partum Anxiety and OCD
  • Post-partum Psychosis
  • Post-partum Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Left undetected and untreated, these conditions can lead to negative health outcomes for the mother, and can negatively affect the mother-child bond and the child’s long-term physical, emotional, and developmental health. Additionally, the financial cost of untreated maternal mental health conditions can be significant (for example, more use of emergency care services, higher rates of absenteeism at work).

Perinatal Mood Disorders can happen to any mother

About 80% of mothers will experience the Baby Blues about 3-4 days after giving birth. This can be due to changes in hormones, sleep deprivation, and fatigue. Symptoms include crying spells, irritability, difficulty concentrating, sadness, anxiousness, and frustration. These symptoms usually stop within 2 weeks. If the symptoms are more severe, last longer, or include thoughts of suicide then you may be experiencing Postpartum Depression.

The #1 complication from child birth is post-partum depression.

Postpartum depression can happen during pregnancy or following childbirth, typically arising from the combination of hormonal changes, psychological adjustment to motherhood (even though it may not be their first child), and fatigue.

You may feel:

  • Anger or irritability
  • Lack of interest in the baby
  • Eating too much or too little
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Crying and sadness
  • Feelings of guilt, shame, or hopelessness
  • Feeling like life is not worth living
  • Loss of interest, pleasure, or joy in the things you used to enjoy
  • A general feeling that something is not right
  • Possible thoughts of harming yourself or the baby

Postpartum Anxiety is when you experience significant anxiety following childbirth.

You may feel:

  • Constant worry
  • Feeling that something bad is going to happen to baby, you or someone else
  • Racing thoughts
  • Eating too much or too little
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Inability to sit still
  • Dizziness, hot flashes, nausea

Post-partum OCD is when you feel overwhelmed with obsessive thoughts and/or need to engage in compulsive behaviors. You may notice:

  • Persistent, repetitive thoughts or mental images about the baby.  (Also called Obsessions or Intrusive Thoughts). These thoughts are upsetting to the mother.  They may include thoughts of the baby being hurt.
  • Compulsions- the mother does the same behavior repeatedly, usually in order to avoid “harm.”  This may include excessive cleaning, locking doors, counting things, organizing things.
  • A sense of horror about these thoughts
  • Fear of being left alone with the baby
  • Hypervigilance about protecting the baby

A person with Postpartum Psychosis has become detached from reality. It is rare, affecting about 1-2 women of every 1,000 births.  Postpartum Psychosis is considered a medical emergency, and you should seek help immediately by calling your doctor, a mental health crisis line or by going to the emergency room.

Symptoms include:

  • Delusions or strange belief
  • Hallucinations (hearing or seeing things that are not there)
  • Feeling irritated
  • Hyperactivity
  • Inability to sleep or not needing to sleep
  • Feeling paranoid or suspicious
  • Rapid mood swings
  • Difficulty communicating at times

Remember, perinatal mental health disorders are temporary and treatable. Get help as soon as you can. 

Individual counseling – With a supportive and encouraging therapeutic relationship, manage your mood and feel like yourself again

Group counseling – find support from other moms who are experiencing the same feelings. Heal together.

Reclaim your motherhood and day to day life again.

Contact us or call us at 214.810.2156 for a free 15 minute consult to get started.