Postpartum Depression

Are You Suffering from Postpartum Depression?

Postpartum depression is a real health concern that affects many women following childbirth. We strive to create a safe, confidential environment where our patients can open up to let us know how their new lifestyle as a new mother is treating them

There is no reason to be ashamed if you think you may be suffering from postpartum depression. Identifying and then treating your personal circumstances can only benefit you and your newborn child.

Signs You May Suffer from Postpartum Depression

Generally self-diagnosable, signs and symptoms that you are suffering from postpartum depression may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • A challenging time bonding with your baby
  • Irritability
  • Unusual mood fluctuations
  • Anxiety
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Focus or concentration issues
  • Crying

Some of these signs and symptoms are just part of the process associated with having had a baby. In addition to reproductive hormones shifting, metabolic-related hormones, such as thyroid and insulin, may be altered resulting in fatigue and sluggishness. With a new schedule, reduced sleep, and all of baby's needs being met before yours, what you are experiencing may simply be short term.

However if you notice these signs and symptoms lingering, it could certainly be postpartum depression. Postpartum depression not only plays a significant role in your life, but also may put strain on a father's role and the emotional wellness of other children in the house.

Postpartum depression responds well to a variety of treatments. In some cases, nutritional deficiencies may be occurring. We can help determine if this is the case and suggest a nutrient program suited to your personal needs. If your symptoms begin to linger, please let us know right away. We understand how these feelings can affect your greater health and are here to support you during this difficult time.

When to See a Doctor

If your signs and symptoms do not fade after about two weeks, please give us a call. While it may be difficult to admit, you may need help, and we are here to do just that. Please contact us if you:

  • Are having trouble caring for yourself or your baby
  • Are experiencing thoughts of harming yourself or your baby

Once we understand your personal needs, we can arrange to see you or refer you to another specialist, if necessary. We will ask detailed questions about your lifestyle and symptoms you may be experiencing, perform blood tests to rule out thyroid or other related health concerns and potentially prescribe medication.

Please reach out to us today if you think you are having a more difficult time adjusting to life with your newborn than most. Our experienced staff of professionals knows how to provide exactly the care you need to overcome the effects of postpartum depression.

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