If you feel depressed after having a baby, you may hesitate to seek help thinking you will feel better in time. But postpartum depression is a major depressive disorder that seldom improves without treatment. The exceptional team of board-certified psychiatrists at Serenity Mental Health Centers has worked closely with many women with postpartum depression. They have locations in the Biltmore, Desert Ridge, and Chandler area of Phoenix and Gilbert, Arizona; Lehi and Holladay, Utah; and Lakewood and Cherry Creek area of Denver, Colorado. Call the office or request an appointment online today.
Many new mothers experience the baby blues, a condition that causes mild mood swings, anxiety, and restlessness. The baby blues start after your delivery and only last a week or two before they go away on their own.
The baby blues don’t come close to resembling postpartum depression. Postpartum depression is a serious depression that affects 14% of women. It typically develops in the first month after having a baby, but the symptoms may begin during pregnancy.
The medical name for postpartum depression — major depressive disorder with postpartum onset — indicates this condition causes significant symptoms and emotional distress.
Women with postpartum depression often struggle to bond with their new babies. Many feel extreme doubt over their ability to care for their baby and tend to withdraw from family and friends.
Other symptoms of postpartum depression include:
Feeling sad, hopeless, or worthless
Crying for no apparent reason
Feeling moody or irritable
Eating too much or not enough
Sleeping too much or too little
Having a hard time concentrating
Experiencing sudden rage or anger
Feeling extreme fatigue
If you have postpartum depression, you may also experience physical aches and pain.
The Serenity Mental Health Centers team provides compassionate care in an environment designed to foster feelings of calm and relaxation.
After completing an assessment to verify your diagnosis, your psychiatrist develops a customized treatment plan to meet your unique physical, mental, and emotional needs.
Serenity Mental Health Centers offers a wide range of treatments so you can receive all the care you need under one roof. The primary treatments for postpartum depression include:
Talk therapy helps you identify the thoughts and emotions behind your depression and learn new skills that help you cope and regain your self-confidence.
If you need psychiatric medication to improve your symptoms, your psychiatrist takes breastfeeding into consideration and prescribes medicines that are safe for your baby.
Ketamine is a medication you receive through an intravenous (IV) infusion. If you’re not breastfeeding, ketamine infusions often provide fast relief from postpartum depression.
TMS is a medication-free treatment that uses magnetic fields to stimulate specific areas of your brain. The magnetic waves safely and painlessly pass through your skull. As they boost nerve activity, your depression lifts.
Postpartum depression won’t suddenly go away like the baby blues. To get prompt help, call Serenity Mental Health Centers or request an appointment online today.