Moms you’ve definitely heard this message….being a mom is the “best thing that will ever happen to you”, and although that may be true, it certainly doesn’t feel like it right now, does it!
Right now it’s feeling pretty scary and lonely. Right now your mind may be racing with all of the choices you have to make and the schedules you have to keep. You want people to come and help but you can’t seem to ask so you resign to struggling all by yourself. You may even have a supportive partner that tries to help but your anxiety pushes him or her away and the messages in your mind convince you that you’re the only one who knows what to do.
You’re exhausted, anxious, and sad. You feel irritable, resentful, and shameful. You are over controlling, under eating, and definitely not sleeping. You are feeling like a failure… and you don’t understand why.
You’re not alone! Did you know that 1 in 7 women experience depression during pregnancy and 1 in 5 women experience depression postpartum?
Some common symptoms that may indicate the need for help with a perinatal mood disorder are:
- feeling sad or depressed most days
- increased feelings of irritability and anger
- changes to sleep and appetite
- constant worry or feeling that something bad is going to happen
- feelings of excessive guilt, shame, or hopelessness
- Loss of interest, joy or pleasure in things you used to enjoy
- thoughts of harming the baby or yourself
- Lack of interest in the baby
- Inability to sit still
- Physical symptoms like dizziness, hot flashes, and nausea
- Difficulty quieting racing thoughts
Although there are varying degrees of these symptoms from mild to severe, it’s important to seek treatment if any of them are causing a significant impairment in important areas, such as your relationships (especially your relationship with your baby), your ability to communicate and process your thoughts effectively, and your desire to be around others (as opposed to isolating from the support system you may have in place).
If you are connecting to some of the symptoms mentioned above but you are still unsure if treatment is necessary or would be helpful, you can call me for a brief assessment over the phone. You can also complete the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale1 (EPDS) here and we can discuss the results in our consultation.
It’s important to remember… WHAT YOU’RE EXPERIENCING IS TREATABLE and you DO NOT HAVE TO SUFFER ANY LONGER!
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