Unsurprisingly, life cycles and major transitions often appear alongside monumental emotional experiences—this is especially the case in welcoming a new child into the world. The experience of giving birth, in particular, can trigger a roller coaster of emotions, from exhilaration and joy to fear, anxiety and exhaustion. But it can also result in something completely unexpected for the mother—depression.
It is not unusual for a new mom to experience the “Postpartum Baby Blues” after childbirth, which includes mood swings, crying spells, anxiety and difficulty sleeping. Baby blues typically begin within the first two to three days after delivery, and may last for up to two weeks. They are often linked with an effort of the body and mind to regulate hormones following a trying endeavor that can leave hormonal imbalances. But for some new moms these post-childbirth experiences may be more severe, a longer-lasting form of depression known as “Postpartum Depression.” If you or a loved one is experienced any of the signs and symptoms associated with postpartum depression, there should be no cause for embarrassment or shame; postpartum depression is a natural occurrence and can be effectively tended to with the right treatment. Nevertheless, knowing the signs and causes of Postpartum Depression can help you recognize when additional clinical help may be necessary for you or your loved one.
In the case of Postpartum Depression, education is often the first line of defense and acquainting yourself with the symptoms can be the difference between immediate and effective treatment and prolonged depression. While no two experiences are identical, those suffering from Postpartum depression will commonly encounter some combination of the following to varying degrees: feeling hopeless, overwhelmed and sad, irritability, moodiness, crying spells, hazy thoughts, bouts of rage, muscle and head aches, loss of appetite, withdrawn social tendencies, inability to bond or attach with your baby and thoughts of self-harm or harm to your baby. Fortunately, Postpartum Depression is completely treatable. At Resilience Treatment Center, our experienced and multidisciplinary team of clinicians not only understands how best to treat the root causes of Postpartum Depression—in a comprehensive and holistic manner—but integrates psychiatric and psychological care in a customized plan to most appropriately address your set of needs.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, treatments that are most effective in addressing Postpartum Depression are psychotherapy and talk therapy—with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) among them. Additionally, in some instances antidepressant medications have proven effectual in aiding mood regulation. At Resilience Treatment Center, treating Postpartum Depression means leveraging the most effective tools at our disposal in an integrative and comprehensive manner to build emotional Resilience. Recognizing the mutual interdependence of the body and mind, Resilience’s approach to Postpartum Depression seeks to not only address our clients’ mental health but their physical well-being as well. As such, our program includes a series of experiential therapy modalities that emphasize a healthy and resilient lifestyle.