Perinatal Mood Disorders
Perinatal mood disorders are related to mood and anxiety symptoms that occur during pregnancy or up to one year postpartum.
According to the National Perinatal Association, perinatal mood disorders are the #1 complication from pregnancy and childbirth.
Perinatal mood disorders can include, but are not limited to:
- Baby Blues
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
You’ve been waiting to get pregnant for so long,
but the excitement you were feeling has morphed into feelings of unease, fear, and anxiety. Maybe you are waking in the night with worries of something happening to the baby. It may be that you cannot get frightening thoughts of labor and birth out of your head and these thoughts take over every part of your day. Or you bring your baby home but feel overwhelmed or "empty". You have crying often and are no longer interested in the things you once loved. You feel you may explode if one more person asks you about how happy you must be to have the baby here.
You are emotional, even paralyzed because you feel you are a terrible mother.
For so long, women (and their partners) have hidden behind shame and guilt regarding their becoming parents or having a newborn when they don't experience the "magic" of becoming a parent. It’s only been during the past two decades that real attention has been given to the emotions and feelings that surround being pregnant, giving birth, and the year leading up to a baby’s first birthday. It is no longer thought to be limited to postpartum depression.
We can help support and validate what you are feeling as we help to guide you to a healthier and more content path.
Counseling for Perinatal Mood Disorders is about helping you learn how to deal with your fears and stressors in a healthy way. Our therapists help parents just like you to learn to let go of uncontrollable anxiety, practice self-care strategies that actually work, and to step out from under the dark cloud that feels like it’s following you.
The Benefits of Therapy
- You start to feel better.
- You can safely explore the feelings and emotions you are experiencing.
- You can think about your birth without feeling negative and scary emotions.
- You stop feeling you’re doing something wrong.
- You begin enjoying the time leading up to your delivery.
- You start feeling more confident in yourself as a parent.
- You start to feel like YOU again.