Los Angeles Perinatal and Postpartum Therapy Becoming a mom doesn't always come easy
Pregnant and feeling anxious or depressed? The idea that pregnant women must be happy is a widespread myth. Anyone can experience depression or anxiety during pregnancy, but women with specific risk factors are especially vulnerable. If you experience persistent symptoms of depression and/or anxiety and/or panic attacks and find it difficult to function normally or to feel joyful over time, you need to get help. Untreated anxiety and/or depression in pregnancy increases the risk for postpartum depression (PPD) which is harmful for the mother’s well being and the mother-baby bond. Read more to find out if you are at risk
Gave birth to your baby and can’t bounce back? The experience of baby blues is a natural one after childbirth. During the first few weeks after delivery you may feel exhausted, emotional and overwhelmed. After about a month you should experience improved mood, better functioning and start bouncing back. If you still continue to struggle with one or more of the next symptoms: anxiety, irritation, mood swings, negativity, cannot pull yourself together and have feelings of hopelessness, it is a sign of a more serious condition that probably will not go away by itself. If not attended to, it can develop into postpartum depression (PPD) and can worsen over time. The good news is that you can recover and bounce back with supportive professional care. Read more about PPD symptoms
Have hard time adjusting to motherhood? Your life is never the same after having a baby. Every mom goes through changes and has to make adjustments to the reality of motherhood. Moms tend to turn to family, friends and other moms for support and guidance but certain challenges are more serious and may require further intervention. Difficulty to cope with stress, pressures of perfectionism, guilt, resentment, over-burden of responsibility for the baby's well being and other intense emotions can be overwhelming and can affect your care giving and the development of a healthy bond with your baby. Read more about postpartum adjustment stress Postpartum depression can be hard on fathers and family members It can be difficult to understand a mom with PPD, especially when everyone in the family expected life after the baby's birth to be a happy and exciting time. Fathers can find themselves angry, frustrated, disappointed and overworked, not knowing what to do. Support and guidance for fathers and partners on how to cope with PPD can be very helpful to the mom in her recovery as well as for the entire family. Read more
You don’t need to suffer, there is help waiting One out of eight moms experience symptoms of depression, anxiety and/or stress after birth that don’t go away or get worse after the first month. The experience can be confusing frightening and difficult to deal with on your own. Others around might not understand it. You may feel guilty and afraid to admit your feelings. Being self critical and trying to ignore it can lead to isolation and worsening of the symptoms. You are not alone, there is help waiting.
Making the first call is an important step towards recovery It is important to find a health care provider who specializes in the treatment of postpartum mood and anxiety disorders in your area, with whom you will feel comfortable to talk openly about your experience and your recovery needs. I want to assure you that PPD is very treatable. Once you receive help you can feel better again.
Screening for PPD – Are you at risk? If you are concerned that you or someone that you know might be suffering from symptoms of prenatal or postpartum depression or anxiety, please call as soon as possible to be evaluated and get the help needed. I offer a free confidential phone screening and consultation for concern moms or their loved ones.
Dalia Kenig, M.A., MFT I am a licensed psychotherapist specializing in supporting women and their families through a challenging pregnancy and postpartum, encouraging prevention, recovery, and hope. I know how lonely, confusing and painful it can be to experience PPD. I offer, guidance and support for any woman who suffers from prenatal and postpartum symptoms. I am committed to help women feel good about their motherhood, and embracing it. Becoming a mother is a lifelong journey. You deserve to start it right.