Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression (PPD) is characterized as a major depressive episode with onset of symptoms during pregnancy or within the first 4 weeks to 12 months postpartum. Worldwide, nearly 1 in 5 women who have delivered are estimated to have experienced PPD.
Postpartum Depression

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Therapy sessions can provide a supportive and safe environment to discuss and address the emotional challenges associated with PPD. Therapists can help individuals develop coping strategies, modify negative thought patterns, and improve overall well-being. In some cases, medication may be recommended to help manage the symptoms of postpartum depression. In cases where medication is recommended, our therapists who specialize in working with PPD will refer you to a qualified and licensed prescriber. Antidepressant medications, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), are commonly prescribed. It’s important to consult with a healthcare provider who understands the symptoms and treatment of PPD, to discuss the potential benefits and risks of medication, especially if you are breastfeeding.

Creating a Safe Space
The therapy process in treating PPD provides a safe and non-judgmental environment where you can express your feelings, thoughts, and concerns related to the challenges of PPD both physically and emotionally. The treatment process allows you to openly discuss your emotions, your thoughts, your fears without concern of judgment, criticism, or misunderstanding.
Support Groups
Joining support groups or seeking peer support can be helpful for women experiencing postpartum depression. These groups provide a platform to share experiences, receive emotional support, and gain insights from others who have gone through similar challenges. Your therapist will provide you with information about local and national organizations that support groups maternal mental health. Support groups can be in-person or online, offering a sense of community and understanding.

Factors to Consider

Family & Social Support
It is crucial for women with postpartum depression to have a strong support system. When available partner and/or family support and involvement of friends or community can help alleviate some of the burdens associated with caring for a newborn and provide emotional support. Your therapist will assist you in identifying those whom you feel safe with and guide you in the process of establishing consistency in that development. Involving partners, family members, and close friends in the treatment process can provide additional support for women with PPD. Loved ones can help with caregiving responsibilities, offer emotional support, and participate in therapy sessions or doctor appointments if desired.
Lifestyle Changes
Engaging in self-care activities and making positive lifestyle changes can complement other treatment approaches. These may include getting regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, ensuring adequate sleep, and involving loved ones or trusted individuals in caregiving responsibilities.
Sensitive Treatment
Your therapist understands the challenges a new mother faces regardless of their level of mental and emotional health. With special focus and expertise of treatment modalities specific to PPD, your therapist remains sensitive to your specific needs. Your therapist will walk with you through your concerns and help you find better ways to cope with your feelings, solve problems, set realistic goals and respond to situations in a positive way. If you decide to include family or others within your support group, your therapist is trained to work with one or many within the office setting.
Getting Started
If you are seeking help in dealing with PPD, it's important to note that treatment multiple factors. The duration and frequency of therapy sessions may vary depending on your individual and family needs. Our therapists who specialize in PPD will guide you on your own journey toward understanding, managing, and dealing with the challenges unique to PPD.

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