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Postpartum Depression Can Happen to Anyone
Postpartum depression and anxiety disorders (commonly referred to as PPD) are often the result of stress saturation (a number of major life changes occurring at once) or a postpartum hormonal imbalance, or both.
PPD can be treated through counseling, medication or a combination of both. All women deserve to feel supported at such an important phase in their lives.
Symptoms of Postpartum Depression and Anxiety
How Can Therapy Help?
My goal is to validate the woman’s entire experience, to gradually build on her strengths and to guide her towards confidence in her unique style of mothering. The initial evaluation explores her mental health history, the quality of her support system, and her expectations of motherhood.
Treatment may include short- or long-term individual and/or family/couple therapy, establishing routines for self care, and collaboration with primary or OB/GYN physician. Referrals are made to group treatment, mother-friendly support groups and activities, and if needed, to specialists in reproductive psychiatry.
Are You Worried That You Might Have PPD?
This Isn't What I Expected:
Overcoming Postpartum Depression, by Karen Kleiman
Books from my suggested reading list are available to purchase from my online bookstore:
In an Emergency:
Postpartum Psychosis: A severe but extremely rare disorder. This illness is characterized by hallucinations, delusions, rapid mood swings, and suicidal and/or infanticidal thoughts or actions.
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these serious symptoms, immediate help is required. Please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.