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Post-Partum Depression

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About Post-Partum Depression

If you feel depressed after having a baby, you may hesitate to seek help thinking you will feel better in time. But postpartum depression is a major depressive disorder that seldom improves without treatment. The exceptional team of board-certified psychiatrists at Serenity Mental Health Centers has worked closely with many women with postpartum depression. They have locations in the Biltmore, Desert Ridge, and Chandler area of Phoenix and Gilbert, Arizona; Lehi and Holladay, Utah; and Lakewood and Cherry Creek area of Denver, Colorado. Call the office or request an appointment online today.


Post-Partum Depression Q&A

What is postpartum depression?

Many new mothers experience the baby blues, a condition that causes mild mood swings, anxiety, and restlessness. The baby blues start after your delivery and only last a week or two before they go away on their own.

The baby blues don’t come close to resembling postpartum depression. Postpartum depression is a serious depression that affects 14% of women. It typically develops in the first month after having a baby, but the symptoms may begin during pregnancy. 

 

The medical name for postpartum depression — major depressive disorder with postpartum onset — indicates this condition causes significant symptoms and emotional distress.

What symptoms develop due to postpartum depression?

Women with postpartum depression often struggle to bond with their new babies. Many feel extreme doubt over their ability to care for their baby and tend to withdraw from family and friends.

Other symptoms of postpartum depression include:

  • Feeling sad, hopeless, or worthless

  • Crying for no apparent reason

  • Feeling moody or irritable

  • Eating too much or not enough

  • Sleeping too much or too little

  • Having a hard time concentrating

  • Experiencing sudden rage or anger

  • Feeling extreme fatigue

 

If you have postpartum depression, you may also experience physical aches and pain.

How is postpartum depression treated?

The Serenity Mental Health Centers team provides compassionate care in an environment designed to foster feelings of calm and relaxation. 

After completing an assessment to verify your diagnosis, your psychiatrist develops a customized treatment plan to meet your unique physical, mental, and emotional needs.

Serenity Mental Health Centers offers a wide range of treatments so you can receive all the care you need under one roof. The primary treatments for postpartum depression include:

Psychotherapy

Talk therapy helps you identify the thoughts and emotions behind your depression and learn new skills that help you cope and regain your self-confidence.

Medication management

If you need psychiatric medication to improve your symptoms, your psychiatrist takes breastfeeding into consideration and prescribes medicines that are safe for your baby.

Ketamine infusions

Ketamine is a medication you receive through an intravenous (IV) infusion. If you’re not breastfeeding, ketamine infusions often provide fast relief from postpartum depression.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)

TMS is a medication-free treatment that uses magnetic fields to stimulate specific areas of your brain. The magnetic waves safely and painlessly pass through your skull. As they boost nerve activity, your depression lifts.

Postpartum depression won’t suddenly go away like the baby blues. To get prompt help, call Serenity Mental Health Centers or request an appointment online today.

Let’s take the next step together. Schedule an appointment today and let’s work together to help you take back your life.

Serenity Mental Health Centers
Located in Arizona, Utah, and Colorado