Postpartum Depression (PPD)
Childbirth and new partenthood is often thought of as a warm, loving, exciting time. For many parents, it frequently is. However, as many as 1 in 7 women can experience postpartum depression in the weeks and months after birth.
PPD can make women and families feel isolated and hopeless, taking the joy out of what should be a very special time. It can come on within days after birth or can appear months later; your family may even notice it before you do, which can be helpful throughout diagnosis and recovery. Our providers have an intimate understanding of PPD, how it affects women and their families, and treatments to help regain a sense of self.
Symptoms can be very different from person to person but frequently can include:
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Not bonding with your new baby
- Unusual anger or a deep sadness
- Lack of appetite
- Difficulty sleeping (aside from baby's 24 hour schedule)
Similar to illnesses like diabetes or high blood pressure, postpartum depression can be life-threatening. More importantly, it can also be treated, managed, and cured.
Your doctor will work closely with you to determine what treatment will be best depending on the type and severity of your symptoms. Options include oral medications, counseling, home support, and in-patient programs.
If you are struggling with symptoms of PPD or if you know someone who is, please reach out. Our community has wonderful reasources to help through this difficult time.