Are you feeling overwhelmed, consumed with worry, thoughts that you can't seem to dismiss? Are you having difficulty connecting with your baby or not feeling as happy as you thought you would be?
The life changing event of having a baby and parenting all come chock full of intense emotions.
So if you have come here today because you are worried about how you are feeling, I want you to know that the disruptions that you are experiencing are common, treatable and you will feel like yourself again.
We are often taught that having a baby is one of the most exciting times in a woman's life. While ignoring the fact that this life stage is riddled with stress and anxiety. In fact, Postpartum Depression is the most common complication of childbirth, but it's commonly overlooked.
Although many women experience the "baby blues", approximately 1 out of 7 women are affected by Postpartum Depression, a statistic that doesn't even account for the women who also experience postpartum onset of Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, and other syndromes. The term that now encompasses all of these conditions is called Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. Simply put, "perinatal" means having to do with pregnancy.
The cause of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders is not yet fully understood, however we do know that certain risk factors are at play. For instance, the rapid shift in hormones during and after pregnancy, nutritional deficiencies, lack of sleep, birth trauma, financial strain, lack of support, tension in relationships, unstable living environment, unresolved grief, medical issues, etc., all can contribute to the development of the above conditions. The rate of mood disorders during the child bearing years is extremely high and it not only impacts women, but their loved ones well.
I founded Alliance Therapy Practice to ultimately help women create their village and reaching out for help is the first step in that process. With specialized training in Maternal Mental Health, through Postpartum Support International and Seleni Institute, I help women who are thinking about getting pregnant, women who are pregnant and those in the postpartum phase recover from mood disorders and cope with the difficult transitions often associated with this major life stage. Our work will entail assessing risk factors, identifying symptoms and developing a plan for coping.
A good place to start is reviewing this questionnaire to facilitate a discussion with a healthcare professional about some of the symptoms you may be experiencing.
Then, let's get to work today to find how you can begin to experience all the joys that this unique time in your life has to offer.