In Honor of suicide awareness month, we wanted to take some time to talk about postpartum depression. It is so devastating to us as providers to see so many young women suffer with this. Postpartum depression is a real illness and is more common that you might think. Here are a few common questions a lot of people have!
How will I know If I have Postpartum depression?
Symptoms of postpartum depression can be hard to figure out. It's normal to have emotions when you bring home a new baby! There's always a season of transition as both of you adjust to a new routine. But when you have more bad days than good days...when you feel like you're in a funk and can't get out...if you cry all the time and don't know why...if you feel anxious, overwhelmed, and alone...if you have no energy and trouble sleeping...if you worry about every little thing so much that you can't enjoy life...let us know! There may be more to your emotions than just normal "coming-home-with-a-new-baby" feelings. We are here to help!
Are there medications that can help?
Many mothers are very excited and happy about the arrival of their new little one, but some can become anxious or depressed during this time as well. Some symptoms can be mild and overcome with time or support from family and friends. But in some women, these symptoms can be debilitating and can make it difficult for them to care for their baby. In other situations, women can become fearful that something may happen to their baby. This can be so significant they are unable to leave the home, sleep or leave their baby with anyone else. This can make returning to work, maintaining other relationships, or completing routine, daily tasks very difficult. The good news is, we are here to assist you in these situations! We are more than happy to listen, allow you to cry if needed, and address all your concerns. You are not alone in these emotions, and we want to help. There are many treatment options available, from getting you set up to see a counselor or discussing medication options. There are medications that are safe with breastfeeding as well. Each treatment plan can be tailored to you and what your needs are, and we will discuss this with you. So, please reach out and ask for help if you are struggling.
What can my family do to help?
It’s okay to let your family members know that you are struggling – sometimes telling people that you need help can make a big difference. They can take over some of the chores – like cleaning or laundry – so you don’t have to stress about everything going on at home. Family who lives outside your home could bring you meals so you don’t have to worry about cooking. Enlist your spouse to feed and change the baby, especially when you are feeling low or when you need sleep. Sometimes you need to tell your family what you need, but many times, they are willing to help if they know what to do.
There are many ways to address depression of any sort. No one deserves these feelings. Please, if you feel like any of this applies to you, talk to someone. Call us! We are here for you anytime.