Postpartum anxiety can be debilitating for a new mother. Most people have heard of postpartum depression, but anxiety is a lesser known complication of pregnancy. For new moms, it can be upsetting and frightening to have feelings about motherhood that don’t seem quite “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
- Anger or Rage
If one or more of the above symptoms resonates with you, I invite you to contact us today. Together, we’ll find the underlying issues that make you feel disconnected from your baby, and create a strategy for moving forward.