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 of 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 peripartum and postpartum depression and anxiety include the following:

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

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, Health Psychologist, takes an integrative and compassionate approach to postpartum depression and anxiety treatment. She specializes in health psychology and understands the connection between postpartum psychological issues and health. Dr. Mazzei also works with moms with perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMAD).

The goal of therapy is to help mothers identify the causes of their emotional difficulties, develop the necessary skills to cope, and provide compassionate 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.

How We Can Help

If you are suffering from postpartum depression or anxiety, or if you would like to talk to someone more about how Dr. Mazzei can help you, follow these simple steps:

  1. Text today at (480) 448-6755 or e-mail us for a free consultation
  2. Or, you can book directly online with Dr. Mazzei
  3. Begin your journey towards a fulfilling and healthier life as a parent

Dr. Mazzei offers both in-person and online PPD therapy for moms located in Arizona, Illinois, Tennessee, and from PSYPACT states. Her private practice is located at 3377 S. Price Rd., Suite 2104, Chandler, AZ.

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