MASTER YOur Postpartum depression & postpartum anxiety

what is

postpartum depression & postpartum anxiety?

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 25% 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 suffer their postpartum issues in silence, wondering what is wrong with them and why can’t they 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 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

  • Crying daily

  • 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

  • Excessive worrying and having ruminating thoughts

  • No energy and being tired all the time

  • Physical agitation

  • Having expectations not met of being a perfect mother

  • Panic attacks

  • 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.

postpartum depression & postpartum anxiety facts:

Did you know that:  

  • 1 in 5 women experience a postpartum disorder including postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, postpartum panic, postpartum obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and postpartum PTSD

  • 20-30% of women in the postpartum period will not meet the criteria for a postpartum mood disorder but may experience similar symptoms, known as postpartum stress syndrome

  • Only 50% of women find that motherhood is the joy that they expected

  • PPD may occur without any prior signs of depression, with no past emotional problems, and no issues during the pregnancy.

  • PPD usually occurs between 1-3 months post childbirth, but it can happen anytime from when your baby is born up to a year afterwards.

 

While significantly impacting you and your loved ones, postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety are common issues and very treatable. The therapists at Catalyss Counseling that specialize in maternal mental health treatment can help you Master Your Postpartum Depression and Postpartum Anxiety.

postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety treatment with catalyss counseling

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. Perhaps you are having trouble even getting out of bed to face the day and take care of yourself or your child. 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 recovery. Coordinating care ensures that no one is treating you in isolation and is considered a best practice. However, 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 IN Englewood, 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: 

  1. Contact us today for a free 20-minute phone consultation,

  2. Or, you can book directly online with our maternal mental health specialists, Kristen Dammer, Jennifer Kubilus and Shannon Heers.

  3. Start feeling more joyful during this time with your family

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 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.

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