For new moms, it can be upsetting and frightening to have feelings about motherhood that don’t seem “right.”
For some women, a morning run, a healthy diet and receiving help and support from family and friends are sufficient enough to get through the initial adjustment period. For others, talking to a therapist who specializes in dealing with new motherhood issues can be comforting, relieving and enlightening.
Therapists who have extensive education and training in post-partum disorders understand that hormone changes, personal and family history, and social support are all vital factors in understanding and alleviating postpartum symptoms.
Common postpartum symptoms include:
- Feeling overwhelmed and wondering if you should have become a mother in the first place
- Feeling guilty due to high self-expectations
- Not feeling “bonded” with the baby
- Your thoughts are racing and you can’t quiet your mind
- Feeling empty and numb as if you’re just going through the motions
- Lack of focus and concentration
- Being afraid that if you reach out for help, others will judge your inabilities
- Thoughts of running away or leaving your baby behind
- Being constantly in a state of worry
If one or more of the above symptoms resonates with you, we invite you to connect with one of our providers for support. Together, we’ll find the underlying issues that make you feel disconnected from your baby and create a strategy for moving forward.
Perinatal Mental Health
Depression, anxiety around being a new parent, changes to your couple hood, exhausted and overwhelmed, baby blues, postpartum stressors, these are all common challenges when you bring home that new little one to your family. Maybe you are struggling to get pregnant or suffered a loss of pregnancy, support is here for you.
Perinatal Mood Disorders (PMAD’s) are a group of disorders related to mood and anxiety symptoms that occur during pregnancy and up to one year postpartum. This includes anxiety, depression, OCD, psychosis, pregnancy loss, infertility, PTSD and even more complex diagnoses. Did you know that the number one complication of pregnancy and childbirth is depression/anxiety? Did you know partners are also prone to develop postpartum anxiety and depression as well? At Charlotte Therapy Associates, we have three clinically trained specialists in Perinatal Mental Health who are ready and willing to assist women and their partners through this exciting but challenging period. Contact us to schedule with us so we can get you back to feeling like yourself again.