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Peripartum (Postpartum) Depression

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the demands of motherhood?  Do you suspect what you are experiencing is more than just the "baby blues"?

Pregnancy, childbirth and new motherhood is a period of tremendous physical, social and emotional change.  An estimated one in seven women will experience peripartum depression (formerly known as postpartum depression).  This form of depression can begin at any time during pregnancy or after the birth of the child.

Signs that you may be experiencing peripartum depression can include:

  • Extreme sadness or crying

  • Indifference

  • Anxiety

  • Changes in energy, sleep and/or appetite

  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt

  • Fear of harming self or baby

  • Difficulty concentrating

Peripartum depression carries risks for the health of both the mother and the child. Contact me if you would like to discuss your symptoms and how mental health services can start you on the path to recovery for yourself and your family.

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