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Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

Pregnancy and the birth of a baby can bring up a lot of powerful emotions, from excitement and joy to fear and anxiety. But it can also result in something you might not expect — depression.
Most new moms experience postpartum "baby blues" after childbirth, which commonly include mood swings, crying spells, anxiety and difficulty sleeping. Baby blues typically begin within the first two to three days after delivery, and may last for up to four weeks.
But some new moms experience a more severe, long-lasting form of depression and/or anxiety known as postpartum depression.
Signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety during pregnancy and after childbirth vary, and they can range from mild to severe.

Postpartum Depression Symptoms

  • Depressed mood or severe mood swings

  • Excessive crying

  • Difficulty bonding with your baby

  • Withdrawing from family and friends

  • Loss of appetite or eating much more than usual

  • Inability to sleep (insomnia) or sleeping too much

  • Overwhelming fatigue or loss of energy

  • Reduced interest and pleasure in activities you used to enjoy

  • Intense irritability and anger

  • Fear that you're not a good mother

  • Hopelessness

  • Feelings of worthlessness, shame, guilt or inadequacy

  • Diminished ability to think clearly, concentrate or make decisions

  • Restlessness

  • Severe anxiety and panic attacks

Group Therapy

If you experience any of the above symptoms or a combination of them, you are not alone. Joining a postpartum therapy group can help. 

Support groups can be helpful in a variety of ways, including:

  • Helping moms to make connections with other moms struggling with postpartum depression

  • Learning helpful and practical coping skills 

  • Reduces a sense of isolation

If you are interested in my Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Groups, get in touch with me today!