Postpartum depression, also known as Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder (PMAD), symptoms can occur during pregnancy and postpartum. 1 in 7 women experience a mood disorder during pregnancy or the postpartum period. Depression and anxiety after pregnancy is the most common complication women will experience after child bearing.
80% of women experience some kind of hormonal change 2-3 days after birth until about 2 weeks. This is considered "Baby blues," marked by shifts in mood, irritability, crying more than usual, however, the overall feeling is happiness. This is normal and expected, however when symptoms last longer you may need professional help. Symptoms of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder include sadness and crying, irritability and anger,
guilt and shame, hopelessness and helplessness, feeling overwhelmed, worried or panicky, afraid of losing control, racing thoughts, scary thoughts, thoughts to harm yourself or your baby, feeling like you know you don't feel like yourself. Don't try and figure it out on your own, reaching out can bring you relief.
Keep in mind there are myths and societal pressures about parenthood being the happiest time in your life and it may not always feel this way. Along with the joy that accompanies pregnancy and the birth of a new baby, there are also many stressful experiences that can create anxiety and feelings of incompetence and loneliness. We specialize in maternal mental health from mild parenting stress and worry to severe postpartum depression and anxiety, to the grief of miscarriage and pregnancy loss. If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one or unsure if you, your partner or a family member is experiencing normal baby blues or PMAD, please call us for a complimentary phone consultation.
Laura provides consultation to clinicians new to the field or interested in learning more about my areas of expertise. Clinicians typically contact me to further their knowledge in the areas of psychodynamic treatment and/or working with children, adolescents, families, and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Please feel free to contact me to discuss working together in this capacity. I truly enjoy working with fellow therapists and welcome the opportunity to grow and learn more together.
There may be times when it is helpful for adults to have someone to talk to besides their friends or family. If you're feeling particularly sad for a longer than usual amount of time, noticing you are worrying more frequently, experiencing difficulty in relationships and/or have experienced a trauma or loss, it may be a good idea to explore some extra supports to help you feel better. We will encourage you to be an active participant in identifying areas to address and we will be a team working to increase insight and awareness and improve your life experiences moving forward. We often work with parents, young adults and older adults experiencing a range of struggles including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and life transitions.
We utilize a psychodynamic approach that focuses on building a strong therapeutic alliance with you, as we believe that motivates internal change and growth. Elements of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) are another technique that we use to help individuals identify and challenge negative patterns of thoughts and behaviors. This approach helps us make the connection between how our thoughts or beliefs impact our behaviors, both positive behaviors/strengths and negative behaviors or behaviors we want to change. The process of acknowledging and challenging our thoughts and beliefs allows for a shift in perspective and thoughts, which can help attain relief from various symptoms.