POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION

As many as 1 in 7 moms experience symptoms of depression and anxiety during the postpartum period. People of every age, race, culture and income level can develop Perinatal Mood Disorders during pregnancy and within the first year after delivery. This may also include those women that have experienced a miscarriage, fetal demise and or an abortion.

 

SYMPTOMS

1) Feelings of guilt, shame or hopelessness

2) Feelings of anger, rage or irritability, or scary and unwanted thoughts

3) Lack of interest in the baby or difficulty bonding with baby

4) Loss of interest, joy or pleasure in things you used to enjoy

5) Disturbances of sleep and appetite

6) Crying and sadness, constant worry or racing thoughts

7) Physical symptoms like dizziness, hotflashes, and nausea

8) Possible thoughts of harming the baby or yourself

RISK FACTORS

1) History of depression, anxiety, OCD

2) Thyroid imbalance, diabetes, endocrine disorders

3) Lack of support from family and friends

4) Pregnancy or delivery complications, infertility, miscarriage or infant loss

5) Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

6) Financial stress or poverty

7) Abrupt discontinuation of breastfeeding

8) History of Abuse

9) Unwanted or unplanned pregnancy

TREATMENT OPTIONS

1) Counseling

2) Medication

3) Support from others

4) Exercise

5) Adequate sleep

6) Healthy diet

7) Bright light thereapy

8) Relaxation techniques

RESOURCES

Crossroads Resource Center is here to support all of our clients in a caring, compassionate and nonjudgmental atmosphere. If you have any questions or would like to speak to someone you may text or call 509-765-4425.  Our office hours are Monday thru Thursday from 11:00am to 4:00pm. 

If you have an emergency please call 911. 

PSI Helpline: For local resources please call or text "HELP" 800.944.4773. 

https://perinatalsupport.org/

https://www.postpartum.net/

  • Things might be real hard right now, but it will get better. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Sometimes the strength within you is not a big fiery flame for all to see it is just a tiny spark that whispers ever so softly “you got this, keep going.”


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