Postpartum Depression Treatment

Are you suffering from

Postpartum Depression?

You are not alone,

You are not to blame,

With help, you will get better

(Postpartum Support International’s Statement of Social Support, June 2001)

 

In case you ...

  • have suffered the loss of your infant during pregnancy or after delivery
  • have had a traumatic birth experience
  • have recently adopted a child and
  • feel extremely tired, worried, overwhelmed, or if any of the following symptoms apply to you, please do not hesitate to call.

 

Do you recognize any or all of these symptoms in yourself?

  • Agitation, Irritability
  • Feeling of being trapped, sense of doom
  • Fear that something bad will happen to the baby, yourself or a family member
  • "Scary Thoughts" about unintentionally hurting your baby
  • Fear of being alone with your baby
  • Feeling disconnected from your baby and/or yourself
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Extreme tiredness, fatigue
  • Frequent inability to sleep
  • Lack of joy and/or pleasure
  • Recurring feelings of guilt
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Intrusive, repeating thoughts that cause a sense of horror or aversion
  • Repetitive behavior (cleaning, counting, checking on things)
  • Episodes of extreme anxiety
  • Hallucinations
  • Shortness of breath, trembling, rapid heart beat
  • Frequently withdrawing into your own inner world

 

Some facts about Perinatal Anxiety and Mood Disorders:

  1. Up to 20% of all women will be effected by a Perinatal Anxiety or Mood Disorder. That is 300-500 women in the Lafayette area each year. Over 800,000 cases are reported each year in the USA, making it the most common maternal health complication.
  2. About 10% of all fathers/partners develop Postpartum Depression or Anxiety.
  3. Anxiety and Mood Disorders occur during and /or after pregnancy.
  4. Although some women are more at risk than others, no one can predict which woman will be affected by a Perinatal Anxiety and Mood Disorder. Every woman is at risk, regardless of age, race, educational background, or financial status.
  5. A woman may experience a Perinatal Anxiety or Mood Disorder after the birth of any child, not just her first.
  6. Studies show that infants are strongly affected by their mother’s emotional well-being.
  7. Perinatal Anxiety and Mood Disorders include: Postpartum Depression, Bipolar Disorders, Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Postpartum Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Psychosis during and/or after pregnancy.
  8. Perinatal Anxiety and Mood Disorders are not just the “Baby Blues.” They tend not to go away naturally in the course of time but need treatment.

 

Remember:

The happier you are, the happier your infant will be.

Your baby needs you to feel well.

You and your family deserve to enjoy this most unique and precious time in your life.