Being a new mother can be an exciting time, and it can also trigger confusing emotions. While the baby blues are mild changes in mood following childbirth, Postpartum Depression (PPD) is a more severe and persistent form of depression which impairs daily functioning. Women may experience PPD from a personal or family history of depression, recent stressors, or relational problems. While baby blues may last 1-2 weeks following childbirth and symptoms often resolve on its own, PPD can occur any time in the first 12 months after birth and persist for up to a year.
I offer a comprehensive treatment approach, focusing on the whole person. I combine Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Solution-Focused Therapy with case management for medication evaluations, support groups, and holistic wellness.
How do I know if I’m experiencing PPD?
Common symptoms include: sadness, irritability, changes in sleep/appetite, difficulty with focus, thoughts of harm, and feelings of worthlessness, guilt or hopelessness.
What should I do?
If you’re unsure if you’re experiencing PPD, contact the Alamo Counseling office to set up a brief phone screening and determine the appropriate next steps.