You may be experiencing depression for the first time or this may be a struggle you have faced before. Depression is isolating and debilitating. We will work to identify tools to manage this painful experience. Identifying patterns of judgment and incorporating more compassion can be a strategy that frees up energy for self care. It is also important to have a support system in place. We will build resilience, stabilization and hope.
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD), commonly known as Postpartum Depression is a painful experience for many mothers prior to birth and within the first year after delivery. Symptoms can include sadness, hopelessness, low-self esteem, guilt, overwhelm, sleep and eating disturbances, exhaustion, anxiety, frustration, etc. These feelings are so different from what a mother anticipates which can increase isolation. In rare cases postpartum psychosis can be a concern. Mothers who have experienced pregnancy loss can also experience PMAD in addition to their grief. Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders are highly treatable.