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postpartum depression & postpartum anxiety Treatment in Colorado
Many women experience mood changes after delivering a baby. You’ve probably heard of the “baby blues”. This feeling takes over many new mothers for a few hours to a couple of weeks post-delivery. But, up to 30% of women experience mood and emotional changes beyond the baby blues. When you start having significant depression or anxiety in the postpartum period, you may have Postpartum Depression or Postpartum Anxiety.
So many women experience your postpartum issues in silence, wondering what is wrong with you and why can’t you adjust to having a baby. Often our experience of having a baby is not what we expected. These difficulties are ignored in the media and society. Transitioning to life with a newborn becomes all too real and often overwhelming to manage. You may be a very accomplished woman in other spheres of your life, but having a baby is a completely new experience for you that you may know nothing about.
Postpartum Depression (PPD)
Postpartum Depression does not discriminate on who it affects. You may have a very satisfying marriage. Perhaps you had an easy time getting pregnant and enjoyed being pregnant. Or, you may have gone through time-consuming, expensive and emotionally-taxing fertility treatments. Maybe you struggled the entire time with a difficult pregnancy. You can get PPD after your first, second, third or fourth child, or whether you’ve had a “natural” birth or a C-section.
You may feel secure with few stressors in your life, or have a lot going on that you’re trying to keep on top of. There may be some factors that increase the chances you will get PPD. These can include a predisposition to depression in your family, chronic sleep deprivation, colicky babies, isolation or lack of support from friends or family. In general, however, PPD can happen to any new mother at any time.
Postpartum Anxiety (PPA)
Postpartum Anxiety occurs when you have high expectations for yourself as a mother or caretaker. Then, because having and caring for a baby is hard, your expectations are not met. You may even experience panic attacks, which are the bodily manifestations of your anxious thoughts, that are very scary. Perhaps you had some anxiety in your life prior to having a baby but it was always manageable. Or, you are a high-achieving professional and are used to being competent in what you do. Regardless of your history with or without anxiety, postpartum anxiety can affect any postpartum mom.
Do any of these symptoms of Postpartum Depression or Postpartum Anxiety describe you?
Feeling depressed despite thinking you should be overjoyed
Lack of appetite or enjoyment in food, or excessively eating junk/sugary foods
Feeling like you are a failure and why can’t you figure this out
Intense anxiety about being a mother
Difficulty concentrating or focusing
Self-doubt about how you are caring for your baby
Lack of enjoyment in things that you used to enjoy
Feeling inadequate and helpless
Difficulty sleeping, even when your baby sleeps
No energy to do anything
Images in your mind of having hurt your baby
Feelings of hopelessness, like things will never change
Irritable mood, with even small things getting on your nerves
Scary thoughts about yourself or your baby
Thoughts of dying or suicide
The transition to motherhood is one of the most significant life changes that can happen to you. It is understandable that your mind and body will have difficulty adjusting. The emotional impact and toll not just giving birth, but then caring for a newborn, has on a mother is significant! Your distress and symptoms are entirely normal, yet do sometimes show a need for professional treatment.
Treating postpartum depression & postpartum anxiety Through Group Counseling:
We love group counseling for postpartum moms! One of the hallmarks of postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety is the feeling of isolation moms get after having a baby. And did you know that group counseling can be just as effective as individual counseling for postpartum mood concerns? Here are some of the benefits of group therapy for postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety:
Connecting with other new moms in a safe space
Learning about others' experiences after having a baby
Provides a built-in support system
More cost-effective than individual therapy
Our Postpartum Support Group is designed for moms in their 3rd trimester of pregnancy and up to 1 year postpartum. You'll be in a small group with others who are experiencing similar feelings and thoughts, and that will help you feel less alone.
The Postpartum Support Group is an online group, so you can join from the comfort of your own home. Bring your baby or attend during naptime. We know groups can be intimidating, but we really think you'll like this one!
Our approach to postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety treatment
Feeling overwhelmed after having a baby can contribute to getting postpartum depression or postpartum anxiety. You may feel like you’re not yourself, or like you cannot do anything right. Or you are worrying all the time about your baby or having scary thoughts about your newborn.
At Catalyss Counseling, we understand how you’re feeling and the daily obstacles you are facing, just to get through each day. We specialize in treating you as a whole person, while still focusing on your depression or anxiety that are triggered after having a baby.
Care Coordination for Postpartum Depression and Anxiety:
Our licensed and experienced therapists are trained and experienced in providing treatment for postpartum depression and anxiety. With your written permission, we can coordinate your care with other medical professionals and family members that are involving in your treatment and recover.
We also respect your need for privacy and confidentiality and will work with you to create a plan that fits your needs. You can recover and get back to being yourself again after having a baby, and you will get through this transition period. Together, we help you to Master Your Postpartum Depression and Postpartum Anxiety.
online counseling for postpartum depression and anxiety
If you are unable to leave your home, or you are just too tired to make it into our office (believe us, we know how you feel), then online counseling for postpartum support is available through Catalyss Counseling. Our caring therapists can meet with you over a confidential video platform to listen to your challenges, normalize your emotions, teach you coping skills, and come up with realistic strategies on how to manage your feelings of overwhelm. Most case of postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety can be treated online, and this is a convenient, flexible way for you to get your mental health needs after having a baby met.
Begin Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Therapy near Denver, CO
Maternal mental health treatment with Catalyss Counseling can help you Master Your Postpartum Depression and Postpartum Anxiety. Our therapists specialize in treating pregnancy and postpartum mood changes, and we know that therapy and lasting change takes time and commitment. If you’d like to talk to someone more about how we treat postpartum depression or postpartum anxiety, follow these simple steps:
Additional Therapy Services at Catalyss Counseling
You deserve a full and fulfilled life, momma. That's why we want to make sure you know we are here for your counseling needs in the Denver area. In fact, we can provide counseling for the entire state through online therapy in Colorado. Our supportive therapists provide therapy for anxiety, depression counseling, therapy for grief and loss, stress management counseling, couples counseling, and more. We also have specialists in trauma and PTSD, women's issues, pregnancy loss and miscarriage, and birth trauma. For therapists, we can also provide clinical supervision! We look forward to connecting with you to help support your journey today.