Post-partum depression affects approximately one in ten women after they’ve given birth. It’s an episode of major depression that follows the birth of a child. Many women are surprised at their feelings of anxiety and depression at a time many of them expected to feel nothing but the joy of being a new mother. This can lead to feelings of guilt and shame, both of which can compound the condition.
First of all, please know that if you are experiencing symptoms of post-partum depression, you are not alone. You haven’t done anything wrong. This isn’t your fault. Help is available. Our psychotherapy office in Long Island sees many patients for post-partum depression and we can tell you that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Many women are able to overcome their depression with the help of medication, talk therapy, and other support systems and go on to be happy, healthy moms to their babies.
Educating yourself about the signs of post-partum depression and some of the risk factors that can increase the chances of it developing are a good first step to understanding the condition. Knowing what to expect and what signs to watch for can help you ensure that you or your loved one get the support required as soon as possible.
Signs of Post-Partum Depression
- Not being interested in activities that you used to enjoy
- Feeling hopeless almost every day
- Sleeping too much or not sleeping enough
- Feelings of low self-esteem or being concerned that people don’t like you
- Thinking about harming yourself or your baby
If you or your loved one are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important that you get help as soon as possible.
Risk Factors for Post-Partum
There are a number of factors that can increase the risk that you or your loved one will develop post-partum depression. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that even if none of these risk factors apply, it’s still possible to develop the condition.
- A previous history of depression or anxiety.
- Coming from a background of childhood abuse.
- Lack of personal support from family and friends.
- Stress in other areas of your life, such as your finances, job, or family.
- You had a traumatic pregnancy or delivery.
- Your baby is experiencing health problems.
If you feel that some of these risk factors apply to your situation, know that it doesn’t mean that post-partum depression is inevitable. It just may be more likely. Knowing what to expect and watch for can help you get the help that you need as early as possible after your delivery.
If you or a loved one are struggling with depression after pregnancy, our psychotherapy office in Long Island is here to help. Get in touch with us to make an appointment, either by giving us a call or contacting us through our website. We offer a variety of counseling services including post-partum depression counseling, and we’re currently accepting new clients. Don’t put it off. Get the help that you need today.