Counseling for Perinatal Mood Disorders
Experts say that approximately 80% of women experience the “baby blues” defined as weeping and mood swings for the first few weeks after delivery. This period of adjustment will resolve without professional assistance.
15-20% or around 1 in 7 women will experience more significant symptoms. It may be hard to recognize that you are experiencing changes in mood because being a mother can be overwhelming at times as well as lonely. YOU ARE NOT ALONE and with informed care you can and will recover!
Perinatal Mood Disorders are the most common complications after birth. Some women may feel embarrassed or ashamed by the emotions they are experiencing. They may fear that if they reach out for help or admit they are experiencing negative feelings it will lead to their child being taken or that they will be labeled. With professional help these thoughts and feelings will feel better.
Perinatal Moods don’t only impact women, they can also impact men and/or partners helping care for mother and baby. Experts say around 10% or 1 in 10 men and/or partners will also experience clinically significant anxiety and depression. Research shows that these changes in mood can last up to at least 1 year postpartum.
As apart of the commitment to provide whole family care I am experienced in recognizing and supporting the mental health of the whole family. With help you will find relief.
For new moms, it can be upsetting and frightening to have feelings about motherhood that don’t seem “right.”
For others, talking to a therapist who specializes in dealing with new motherhood issues can be comforting, relieving and enlightening.
Therapists who have extensive education and training in post-partum disorders understand that hormone changes, personal and family history, and social support are all vital factors in understanding and alleviating postpartum symptoms.
Common postpartum symptoms include:
- Feeling overwhelmed and wondering if you should have become a mother in the first place
- Feeling guilty due to high self-expectations
- Not feeling “bonded” with the baby
- Your thoughts are racing and you can’t quiet your mind
- Feeling empty and numb as if you’re just going through the motions
- Lack of focus and concentration
- Being afraid that if you reach out for help, others will judge your inabilities
- Thoughts of running away or leaving your baby behind
- Being constantly in a state of worry
- Sad and depressed
- More irritable or angry with those around you
- Having problems eating or sleeping
- Do you feel as if you are going “crazy” or “out of control”
If one or more of the above symptoms resonates with you, I invite you to contact me today for a free consultation. Together, we’ll find the underlying issues that make you feel disconnected from your baby and create a strategy for moving forward. Contact me today to see how I can help.