About 15% of women experience postpartum depression after they give birth to a baby. A type of mood disorder, postpartum depression causes rapid changes in mood that make it hard for you to care for yourself and your baby. The psychiatry team at Northern Virginia Psychiatric Group in Fairfax, Virginia, can diagnose and treat postpartum depression. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Postpartum depression is a type of depression that occurs after a person delivers a baby. It’s not uncommon to feel sad and weepy following the birth of your baby. That is called the “baby blues” and lasts a few days after birth.
But with postpartum depression, the sadness continues for two or more weeks. This type of depression is a serious mood disorder that affects brain function, interfering with how you think, feel, and behave.
Anyone struggling with feelings of sadness or hopelessness after giving birth needs to get help from the team at Northern Virginia Psychiatric Group.
Postpartum depression symptoms vary. Some of the common symptoms include:
Many people with postpartum depression may fear getting help because of their symptoms and their belief that they’re a bad parent. But postpartum depression is common and treatable.
Researchers are still trying to understand what causes postpartum depression but theorize it develops because of hormonal changes as well as the pregenancy related stresses on the body, brain and the mind. During pregnancy, your estrogen and progesterone levels are elevated, also other hormones like thyroid hormones, growth hormones, oxytocin are altered. Post delivery, the significant changes in the hormone levels may trigger depression.
The team at Northern Virginia Psychiatric Group performs a comprehensive evaluation when you come in with concerns about postpartum depression to customize your care.
Treatment for postpartum depression may include:
Medication management is a service the team at Northern Virginia Psychiatric Group offers to help you get the right medication to manage your symptoms. For postpartum depression, the team may recommend antidepressants or anti-anxiety drugs.
During psychotherapy, you meet with a professional who helps you understand your depression and develop techniques to improve how you feel.
Northern Virginia Psychiatric Group may recommend family counseling to help your loved ones understand what you’re going through. That helps you get the support you need at home.
Postpartum depression is a serious mental health condition. Call Northern Virginia Psychiatric Group or schedule an appointment online today.