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Post-Partum Depression

Post-Partum Depression

Post-Partum Depression services offered in Alma, Fayetteville and Bentonville, AR

Feeling depressed after having a baby, referred to as postpartum depression, is common among new moms. At My Psych Health, based in Alma, Fayetteville, and Bentonville, Arkansas, serving patients of all ages virtually, the exceptional psychiatry team provides treatment for all types of depression, including postpartum sadness. Call to learn more, or schedule a telehealth appointment online today.

What is postpartum depression?

Postpartum depression develops in some women after having a baby. It may occur for various reasons, but can feel debilitating without intervention. Treatment with the My Psych Health team helps you reclaim pace, balance, and enjoyment. See a specialist at the first sign of bothersome symptoms.

What are the symptoms of postpartum depression?

The symptoms associated with postpartum depression include:

  • Ongoing or extreme sadness
  • Loss of interest in favorite things
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Crying a lot
  • Problems bonding with your baby
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Appetite changes 
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Problems sleeping 
  • Fatigue
  • Social withdrawal
  • Anger
  • Thoughts of hurting yourself 
  • Thoughts of harming your baby
  • Guilt or shame
  • Hopelessness
  • Worthlessness
  • Restlessness
  • Panic attacks

When left untreated, postpartum depression may last several months or longer, which can significantly diminish the quality of life for you and your family.

What are the risk factors for postpartum depression?

Postpartum depression is common, and any new mom can develop it. Common risk factors include:

  • Personal or family history of depression
  • Hormone fluctuations
  • Lack of a strong social support network
  • Anxiety
  • Self-identity changes
  • Sleep deprivation 
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Stressful situations
  • Having multiple babies at once
  • Having a baby with special needs or medical problems
  • Difficulty breastfeeding
  • Relationship issues with your partner
  • Financial hardships
  • Unwanted or unplanned pregnancy

Getting the psychological help needed to overcome postpartum depression is vital. It can significantly boost your energy levels, mood, physical health, and quality of life. 

How is postpartum depression diagnosed?

The My Psych Health team diagnoses postpartum depression or other mental health conditions after discussing medical history, lifestyle, symptoms, and current medications. Your provider asks about your mood, emotions, thoughts, and more during a psychiatric evaluation. They then customize a treatment plan if necessary. 

How is postpartum depression treated?

The My Psych Health specialists offer lifestyle change counseling, medication, and psychotherapy (talk therapy) to help you overcome difficult emotions associated with postpartum depression.

It’s important to have a strong social support network in place to assist you, so don’t hesitate to ask for help when you need it. It’s also crucial to get as much sleep as you can, eat nutritious food, get regular exercise, and minimize stress.

If your specialist prescribes medicine for you, make sure to take it exactly as directed. You might also undergo virtual therapy sessions weekly or as needed to learn behavioral-change strategies that maximize your mental health. 

Call My Psych Health today, or use the online booking tab to overcome postpartum depression.