Bringing a new baby home can be extremely overwhelming. Getting settled into a routine and adjusting to your new life can be a difficult process for any new mother.
But, if you are crying more than normal, feel anxious, sad, exhausted, angry, questioning your abilities as a mom, withdrawing from loved ones, or thinking about hurting yourself or your baby, it is time to reach out for help. You do not have to face these feelings alone.
Between 10 - 20 percent of new mothers experience postpartum depression. Hormonal changes after having a baby can cause chemical imbalances that lead to this severe depression. It is nothing to be ashamed of. The sooner you seek treatment the sooner you will start feeling better.
Treatment can involve both medication and/or therapy. In therapy we spend time recognizing and identifying your negative thoughts and feelings. From there, we develop strategies to change those feelings so that you can regain control of your life again. Self care is an important and challenging part of becoming a new parent. We will also have the opportunity to explore how best to support you through this transition from a more holistic perspective.