Are you worried about postpartum depression or anxiety?
WHEN BEING A MOM ISN'T WHAT YOU EXPECTED
What if being a mom isn't what you expected? About 10 to 20 percent of new moms experience postpartum depression or anxiety. Or depression or anxiety during pregnancy. Depression and anxiety are treatable illnesses. While you might be having feelings of sadness, guilt, indifference, anxiety and/or intrusive thoughts, counseling helps.
It might feel like having a baby is too hard. You might wonder if you're a bad mom. Postpartum depression is in fact an illness that will get better with help. Perinatal mood or anxiety disorders include postpartum depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder or postpartum psychosis.
First, a new mother might not recognize depression or anxiety because she is tired, overwhelmed, or simply adjusting to life with a baby. Perhaps she thinks that this is just part of being a new mother.
It’s hard for new moms and families to know what is normal mom stuff and what is a symptom of depression or anxiety.
You are afraid of being seen as complaining or not able to handle motherhood. Or maybe you didn’t think it could happen to you. We tend to blame ourselves for not being able to handle things instead of realizing that it is a medical condition and not a sign of failure.
Second, moms and their families might feel ashamed or embarrassed. When the expected glow of pregnancy or postpartum does not arrive, mothers tend to blame themselves and feel embarrassed. They fear admitting to negative feelings during pregnancy and postpartum may lead to their children being taken away or they will be labeled as bad mothers.
You don't have to feel like a bad mom. In fact, seeking help is one of the bravest things you can do. Both for yourself and for your baby.
Third, each woman experiences a unique situation and unique symptoms. Some new mothers are sad and teary. While others feel overwhelmed and irritable. You might bond well with your baby while others feel distant. Some sleep all the time while others have insomnia. The up-and-down nature of symptoms also makes it difficult to recognize or admit perinatal depression or anxiety.
Postpartum Wellness offers 3 types of counseling
Regardless of whether you need support for postpartum anxiety or depression, Postpartum Wellness is here to help. Our skilled therapists offer services in our McLean, VA therapy office, online, or even in your own home. You don't have to wait to get the help you deserve. Contact us today and find healing from postpartum mental health issues.