Our Psychiatry & Counseling Department is introducing a new Post-Partum Depression Therapy Group at our Community Health Centers in Waynesburg and Burgettstown.
The birth of a baby can trigger a jumble of powerful emotions, but it can also result in something you might not expect- depression.
Many new moms experience the "postpartum baby blues" after childbirth. Baby blues typically begin within the first two to three days after delivery, and may last for up to two weeks. But some new moms experience a more severe, long- lasting form of depression known as postpartum depression.
Postpartum depression symptoms:
•Depressed mood or severe mood swings
•Difficulty bonding with your baby
•Withdrawing from family and friends
•Loss or increase in appetite
•Sleeping too much or too little
•Overwhelming fatigue or loss of energy
•Reduced interest/pleasure in activities
•Feeling worthless, ashamed, inadequate
•Diminished ability to concentrate
•Severe anxiety and panic attacks
•Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide or thoughts of harming your baby
About 15-20% of women will experience Postpartum Depression. If a woman has a history of depression PRIOR to becoming pregnant this can increase to 35-40%.
Treating Postpartum depression is imperative for both the health of the mother and the infant. Treatment can include individual therapy, Group therapy, and/or Medication management.