Sydney and Austin tried for years to have a baby—but time after time were unsuccessful. Fortunately, however, they found success in their fifth year of marriage. Their excitement was at an all-time high. They obsessed over their visions of the future with their beautiful baby girl who was due in just a few weeks.
Finally, baby Aubrey was born. But instead of celebrating this milestone and reveling in the joy they expected to experience, Sydney and Austin were overwhelmed by negatives. Sydney didn’t feel like herself after giving birth, nor did she feel like the strong mom she hoped to be. She felt sad, hopeless, worthless, and generally uninterested in caring for her newborn. And Austin, confused, concerned, and fearful of the future.
“Postpartum depression is a very real and very serious problem for many mothers. It can happen to a first-time mom or a veteran mother. It can occur a few days… or a few months after childbirth.” –Richard J. Codey
While Sydney dealt with symptoms of postpartum depression, Austin did his best to stay strong and support his wife. But times proved hard for both of them. The good news is they realized there was a problem and sought professional help. You can do the same. If you’re experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression or think you might have this condition, reach out to Thriveworks Peachtree City. Our counselors can help you navigate this tough time, manage these harmful symptoms, and live a happier, healthier life.
What Are the Symptoms of Postpartum Depression?
Postpartum depression is a serious mental health condition that makes women (and, in some instances, men) feel sad, hopeless, and/or worthless after having a baby. These new moms often feel a disconnect from their newborn or aren’t interested in caring for the baby at all. Additionally, they experience other symptoms such as:
- Loss of energy
- Inability to concentrate
- Suicidal thoughts
These symptoms also make up the criteria for other forms of depression, like major depression. That said, postpartum depression brings with it other feelings and symptoms specifically related to caring for one’s baby:
- Being unable to care for one’s baby
- Having little interest in one’s baby
- Feeling scared of spending alone time with one’s baby
- Having other negative feelings toward one’s baby
How Can Counseling for Postpartum Depression Help Me?
Postpartum depression, like every other illness, can be scary. However, the right treatment can help you better understand what you’re experiencing and manage your symptoms. If the above symptoms sounded familiar or resonate with you, reach out to Thriveworks Peachtree City. We can set you up with a counselor who is experienced in postpartum depression counseling. Your counselor will ultimately customize your treatment to your unique situation, but you can expect to discuss the following:
- Your thoughts and feelings: Your counselor will ask you about how you’ve been feeling and what kind of headspace you are in. It’s important you open up exclusively about these thoughts and feelings so they can best understand your symptoms and how to help.
- Your behavior: They will also want to know about how you’ve been acting. Are you experiencing a big dip in energy levels? Have you been neglecting self-care? What about caring for your baby? Open up and be honest in answering their questions.
- Your hopes for the future: Another important topic is where you hope to be in a few weeks, months, or even years down the road. What is your version of an ideal future? How do you see yourself moving forward from here?
In sum, your counselor can best help you by first understanding your thoughts and feelings, behavior, and goals in therapy. Then, they will design treatment to help you manage the harmful symptoms of postpartum depression and reach these therapy goals.
Schedule an Appointment at Thriveworks Peachtree City
You don’t have to work through postpartum depression alone or without professional expertise. If you are experiencing these symptoms or have any reason to believe that you have postpartum depression, reach out to Thriveworks Peachtree City. We have providers that specialize in helping clients with this condition—not to mention they truly care about your health and wellbeing.
To schedule an appointment with one of our exceptional counselors or therapists, give us a call at (678) 383-1210. A scheduling specialist will answer your call and work with you to set up an appointment that works best for you, whether that’s a daytime, evening, weekday, or nighttime session! Our providers have flexible schedules because they know just how important mental health care is and want to make sure there’s a time slot you can book without too much trouble. Whenever it is that you decide to come in, we look forward to meeting you and starting this important work.