Giving birth can be a magical experience, but it can also be emotionally draining. After delivering a baby, mothers sometimes experience emotional changes because of the demands of motherhood and hormonal adjustments. In fact, up to 80 percent of women experience the “baby blues”, which is a normal reaction that lasts up to a couple weeks after giving birth.

Some mothers feel especially moody and anxious for a longer period of time. About 10 to 15 percent of new mothers experience clinical depression and/or anxiety. Symptoms of postpartum depression and anxiety include the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Obsessions, worry or dread
  • Restlessness and agitation
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Weepiness and crying spells
  • Changes in appetite
  • Sadness
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue and exhaustion
  • Guilt
  • Anger
  • Helplnessness or hopelessness about caring for your baby

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may have postpartum depression or anxiety. Mothers are not the only ones who can struggle after the birth of a child. Fathers may also experience some of these symptoms, especially if their partner is depressed or anxious. Today, men are taking on more parenting responsibility and the birth of a child can be very stressful. Depression and anxiety in both parents can result in devastating consequences for their relationship and for their children. Fortunately, you are not alone and treatment can help.

Postpartum Depression Treatment and Anxiety Treatment

Engaging in counseling with a therapist has been shown to be an effective treatment for postpartum depression and anxiety.  Dr. Mazzei, Clinical Psychologist, takes an integrative and compassionate approach to postpartum depression and anxiety treatment. The goal of therapy is to help mothers identify the causes of their emotional difficulties, to develop the necessary skills to cope, and to provide emotional support. She will also coordinate treatment with your healthcare provider so that you receive comprehensive care. Receiving therapy from someone trained to help facilitate appropriate changes in thinking, emotions, behavior and in relationships can alleviate your postpartum depression and anxiety.

Working together, Dr. Mazzei and you will develop personalized strategies for coping with your emotional challenges and find the solutions you need for a better life with your family. She will help you through this challenging time so that you can be the best parent possible.

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How do I get started?

The best place to start is by speaking to our staff, who can discuss treatment for postpartum depression treatment, answer any questions about the process, and schedule a confidential appointment with Dr. Mazzei. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call or contact us today.

Connect With Us

Evolutions Behavioral Health is conveniently located at 1827 Walden Office Square, Suite 250, Schaumburg, IL. You can reach us at 847-386-8829.

 

From Dr. Mazzei’s Blog

Depression During and After Pregnancy