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Postpartum and Pregnancy

Did you know that approximately 20-25% of women suffer from Prenatal and Postpartum Mood/Anxiety Disorders?  Bringing a new child into your life can be an adjustment and for many, doesn't always match the "idea" one has of being a new parent.  Cindy can help.

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Here are some signs that you may be experiencing Postpartum Depression (traditional term) or a Perinatal Mood Disorder (Depression, Anxiety, intrusive thoughts, Obsessions/Compulsions, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Psychosis):

This list is credited to "Beyond the Blues" by Shoshana Bennett, Ph.D. and Pec Indman, Ed.D, MFT

Postpartum Depression and Anxiety:

  • Excessive Worry fears
  • Irritability or short temper
  • Feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Sadness
  • Hopelessness
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Sleep problems
  • Discomfort around the baby
  • Lack of concentration

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

  • Intrusive, repetitive thoughts or mental pictures
  • Thoughts often are about hurting or killing the baby
  • Tremendous sense of horror and disgust about the thoughts
  • Counting, checking, cleaning

Panic Disorder

  • Episodes of extreme anxiety
  • Shortness of breath, chest pain, sensations of choking or smothering, dizziness
  • Hot or cold flashes, trembling, rapid heart rate
  • Restlessness, agitation, irritability
  • Fear of "going crazy"
  • Often comes on without warning
  • Excessive worry

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Extreme anxiety
  • Reliving past traumatic events (traumatic birth, past trauma, baby in the NICU, etc.)

Cindy does not treat postpartum psychosis.  However, if you or a loved one believes you are suffering from postpartum psychosis,  go to the ER, or dial 911 if needed.  Some signs/symptoms are:

  • Seeing, hearing, or feeling things that others do not (getting secret messages, hearing the voice of God or the Devil)
  • Delusional thinking (ex: about the infant's death, denial of the birth, or need to kill the baby)
  • Mania
  • Confusion
  • Paranoia

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