Pregnancy and the birth of a child is suppose to be one of the happiest times in a woman’s life. But for some this is when depression and anxiety seem to take over. This is known as postpartum mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD). Depression can be debilitating; lack of interest, bouts of crying, lack of concentration, appetite disturbance and irritability all while still needing to care for your infant and and possibly other children.
Some women develop anxiety. Their anxiety gets so severe it affects their sleep, appetite and overall daily life. These symptoms include heart racing, thoughts racing, inability to turn your thoughts ‘off’ at night before bed, persistent feelings of dread. Some women also experience scary thoughts about their baby. This is called postpartum obsessive compulsive disorder.
It is important to get evaluated as soon as possible so you can return to feeling like yourself and be there for your baby. Therapy can help you learn coping skills to control your thoughts and emotions, decrease those debilitating symptoms and have someone who can listen with empathy and understanding