Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Growing your family can be a wonderful, joyous occasion. But for one in five new parents, it is both met with joy and depression, or joy and anxiety.
Baby Blues can last for the first two weeks after the baby is born. If new feelings of depression, anxiety, or anger come up or persist after that period, it doesn’t fit in the definition of baby blues.
Postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD, and psychosis all fall under the umbrella of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Symptoms can start during pregnancy, soon after birth, or months later. Postpartum depression is the most common complication of childbirth. Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are common and treatable.
Read on to find out more about the most common postpartum challenges and find out how psychotherapy can help.
Postpartum Depression can look like:
Postpartum OCD can look like:
Postpartum anxiety can look like:
Not everything goes according to plan. When there is a traumatic experience during pregnancy, birth, or after baby’s arrival, postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder can develop. Postpartum PTSD can look like:
How Can Psychotherapy Help with Postpartum Issues?
Many of our associates have firsthand experience with postpartum issues and/or extensive experience and training helping people with these challenges.
- Psychotherapy has been shown to be effective for postpartum women with depression and should be considreed a frontline treamtment.
- Treatment approaches like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy have been shown to help postpartum women with anxiety and depression.
- CBT and other forms of psychotherapy are endorsed by a variety of women’s mental health advocates for the treatment of postpartum OCD.
- Trauma focused psychotherapies have been noted as effective treatments of postpartum PTSD in prominent mental heath journals.
Contact us today to schedule an introductory disscusion to see if we can find a therapist who is a fit for your needs and schedule.
If you need to talk to someone immediately the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline is a 24/7, free, confidential hotline for pregnant and new moms in English and Spanish.
National Maternal Mental Health Hotline: 1-833-943-5746
We are currently accepting appointments for new clients. Contact us today about finding a psychotherapist who is a fit for you.