Women often hear that you must take care of yourself to be able to take care of those who rely on you. Still, we put little stock into that and tend to remain last on the list. Often, when you do start to think about caring for yourself it comes more in the form of eating better, or exercising more. The absolute last thing that we prioritize is our MENTAL HEALTH.
One of the more underrated and under-served mental health crisis is Postpartum Depression. While it is expected of nearly all new mothers to experience the "baby blues" (feelings of sadness, worry and fatigue) 1 in 8 new mothers experience postpartum depression according to the CDC. Unlike the "baby blues", PPD does not go away in a few days and it is not to be taken lightly. We at the Women's Center specialize in the care of women, by women, and shine a light on all issues unique to women. Let us be your care partner; no one needs to suffer in silence.
Below are a few symptoms common with Depression and Postpartum Depression. If you see yourself in any of these, please schedule a consultation with us today
Symptoms of depression can include: -Lasting anxious sad, or “empty” mood. -Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism. -Feelings of guilt, helplessness or worthlessness -Loss of energy. -Problems concentrating, recalling details, and making decisions. -Difficulty falling asleep or sleeping too much. -Feelings of irritability or restlessness. -Loss of interest in hobbies and activities. -Overeating or loss of appetite. -Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts. -Aches or pains that do not get better with treatment.
Symptoms of Postpartum Depression: The symptoms of postpartum depression are similar to symptoms for depression, but may also include: -Crying more often than usual. -Feelings of anger. -Withdrawing from loved ones. -Feeling numb or disconnected from your baby. -Worrying that you will hurt the baby.
Feeling guilty about not being a good mom or doubting your ability to care for the baby. What can you do? -Don’t face postpartum depression alone; seek help from a licensed mental health provider; Contact us! -Contact your doctor or other primary care provider -Talk openly about your feelings with your partner, other mothers and friends -Join a support group -Cut down on less important responsibilities -Call a family member or close friend to watch the baby when you are needing a break.