Postpartum Depression Treatment in Phoenix
Depression After Pregnancy
It’s common for new moms to experience worry, sadness, and tiredness after having a baby. This is often referred to as the “baby blues”. However, when these symptoms are more severe and prolonged, it could be and be a sign of a more serious condition called postpartum depression.
The CDC has estimated that 1 in 8 new mothers experience symptoms of postpartum depression. In fact, the first year following childbirth is the time when women are most likely to develop depression.
Symptoms of postpartum depression are similar to symptoms of depression and include:
- Crying more often than usual.
- Feelings of anger.
- Withdrawing from loved ones.
- Feeling distant from your baby.
- Worrying or feeling overly anxious.
- Thinking about hurting yourself or your baby.
- Doubting your ability to care for your baby.
The situation is further complicated because new moms often feel ashamed of these feelings and are hesitant to talk about them. This can lead to further isolation and worsening symptoms.
Consequences of untreated postpartum depression can have adverse effects on you and your child. It can adversely impact your child’s cognitive skills, emotional stability, and ability to handle stress later in life.
Fortunately, we have great treatment options for moms struggling with depression. Treatment should be individualized beginning with a thorough assessment and typically involves medication.
Having a baby is already challenging, and may seem impossible if you are also struggling with depression. It’s important to recognize the symptoms of postpartum depression, and to discuss these symptoms with your support system. If you identify some of the red flags mentioned above, please reach out for help right away. At Uptown Psychiatry, we’ll be able see you quickly and offer flexible scheduling with both virtual appointments and and in-person visits. You won’t be stuck in a waiting room or sit on hold. Our goal is to help you and your baby enjoy these precious moments.