Conditions We Treat
Many new moms experience the “baby blues” after giving birth: mood swings and crying spells that usually fade quickly. Approximately 15% – 20% of new mothers experience a more severe, longer lasting form of depression known as Postpartum Depression. Starting treatment quickly can help you manage your symptoms, care for your baby, and re-establish your sense of confidence and competence.
Symptoms of Postpartum Depression include:
- Depressed mood
- Sleep changes (too much or not enough)
- Irritability and anger
- Extreme fatigue, sluggishness
- Feelings of shame, guilt, inadequacy, hopelessness
- Difficulty bonding with your baby
- Large weight gain or loss
- Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
- Difficulty concentrating
- Loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed
Postpartum Anxiety and OCD
Anxiety symptoms can be incredibly difficult to live with, especially with a newborn child to care for. They can lead to problems sleeping and enjoying your baby. However, we use therapy and suggest changes in the way you think and behave to help you through these difficult times. Sometimes medication might be helpful too, and our psychiatrist can help you to decide what is best for you. Telling someone what is going on with you and getting treatment quickly can help to make you feel competent again.
Symptoms of Postpartum Anxiety:
- Intrusive thoughts of danger, inadequacy, and inability to cope
- Extreme amounts of anxiety and worry
- Difficulty controlling the worry
- Restlessness, feeling keyed up, or on edge
- Being easily fatigued (outside of what is normal for a new mother)
- Difficulty concentrating or mind going blank
- Muscle tension
- Sleep-disturbance (falling asleep, staying asleep, or not feeling rested when you are able to sleep)
Symptoms of Postpartum Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder:
- Upsetting thoughts, urges or images that repeat and feel impossible to stop
- A drive to perform actions, think thoughts, or follow rules in ways that do not change
- Repeating actions to reduce anxiety or fears of harm that can be real or imagined
- Repeating actions that do not make sense, but you feel driven to do them anyway
Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss
Dealing with grief and mourning when you planned to be experiencing joy can be traumatic and isolating for a woman and her partner. Give yourself time to deal with the grief from your loss. When you are ready to talk, we are here to assist you in the healing process. We understand your loss and pain. Most importantly, we are here to help support you and lift you up during this troubling time. We strive to create the type of treatment that fits you and your partner’s unique needs.
Infertility Support & Counseling for Women and Couples
Having difficulty getting pregnant can lead to emotional reactions. Women and their partners tell us that they feel stressed, anxious, or depressed. When a woman or couple is not attaining its pregnancy goals, they may choose to talk to a medical expert that specializes in treating fertility challenges. Our team of mental health experts can handle the emotions that arise when getting pregnant gets difficult.
Going through fertility treatments is both hopeful and stressful for a patient and her partner. The treatments can change the focus of a couple’s intimate life from connection and sharing to success/failure and produce additional strain on the relationship. Infertility support and counseling can assist in these difficult times. You need a safe environment to talk about what you are feeling and going through.
Counseling can help with:
- Stress management
- Anxiety management
- Coping with the ups and downs of fertility treatments
Sometimes infertility doctors require that their patients undergo psychological evaluations if they are relying on someone else to help them have a family of their own (donor egg, sperm, or surrogate). Members of our staff have conducted such evaluations and can schedule appointments to accommodate your schedule.
Counseling Before Deciding on Pregnancy
There are good reasons why some women or couples want to talk things through with a medical doctor before deciding on getting pregnant. Many women have concerns ranging from their general health to specific pregnancy questions. If you are taking medication for depression or anxiety, it is very important to speak with our Psychiatrist before getting pregnant. We can help educate women on the risks and benefits of taking the medicines she is on at different stages of pregnancy and suggest the best path for her to follow for the health of both the mother and her baby.
Eating healthy meals offers great benefits for your growing baby. Good eating habits can help you to have more energy and enjoy your pregnancy. Our program nutritionist can help you by making healthy meal plans for you to follow during your pregnancy and after giving birth.
A Personal Diet Review will look at:
- How much food you should eat for the energy needed during pregnancy
- Increased dietary needs for pregnancy and nursing
- Keeping your weight within healthy limits
- Adding supplements to your diet if necessary
- Taking care of your digestion
- Drinking enough healthy fluids
- Stopping alcohol and tobacco use while you are pregnant
- Healthy exercise