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How Do you Know if you Have the Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression

Updated: Oct 2, 2018

Being pregnant comes with a host of emotions, usually anticipation for the impending arrival, excitement about what the new baby will look like and a special feeling that you are creating a new life to bring into the world. But, sometimes after pregnancy, some women feel unsure of themselves, overly depressed or sometimes unable or even unwilling to care for their newborn. Sometimes these feelings start even before a baby is born! Could it be the baby blues or postpartum depression?

It is not a secret that your hormones and emotions are literally on a 24/7 roller coaster ride both during your pregnancy and after your baby is born. Just as it is important for you to go see your OBGYN on a regular basis during your pregnancy, it’s also imperative to go to a professional for an evaluation if you are not feeling like yourself and the feeling last longer than a few days. A trained professional knows the warning signs to look for with baby blues and postpartum depression – signs that you or your partner could easily miss. Anxiety and depression can happen nearly anywhere in pregnancy or when you’re a new mom. The most intelligent, loving and strong women are not immune.

I am a perinatal mental health therapist who is educated, accredited and thoroughly trained to find the warning signs of depression and anxiety that can occur in pregnancy and post-childbirth. My passion is helping moms navigate their journey to and through motherhood. I have advanced training and experience in the areas of infertility, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, and infant loss. With an empathetic approach and a desire to help parents be at their mental best, I work individually with each person and develop a roadmap to success.

How do you know if you are suffering from anxiety or postpartum depression?

Symptoms that someone may be suffering from Postpartum Depression:

* Not being able to sleep at night, even if the baby is sleeping

* No appetite

* Anger/Rage

* Constant worrying

* Guilt

* Showing low self-esteem

* A feeling of being overwhelmed

* Uncontrollable or frequent crying

* No concern for situations or a general lack of emotion

* A feeling of being trapped or hopeless

* Scary thoughts about harm coming to you or your baby

It is also possible for new fathers or adoptive parents to experience anxiety or postpartum depression. If you or someone you know is experiencing PPD or postpartum anxiety, it is important to find a psychotherapist who specializes in treating this debilitating condition.

It is important to find a therapist that you trust and feel comfortable with, but there are also some important questions to ask a potential therapist:

* Exactly how many days and weeks of training do you have in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders? Specific training for PPD and related conditions is important in getting a diagnosis and effective treatment.

* What books or online resources do you personally recommend for those with PPD?

* What organizations do you belong to that are focused on maternal mental health (such as Marce Society, Postpartum Support International, NASPOG)?

* Specifically, what kinds of therapy do you use in treating mothers with PPD? (Short-term therapy such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), Interpersonal therapy (IPT), or dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) may be more appropriate than long-term therapy, like psychoanalysis)

I use a relational approach and have a unique ability to quickly connect with women by providing reassurance and hope in a non-judgmental and nurturing manner. If you feel like you are experiencing anxiety or postpartum depression, seeking out a trusted resource like myself can be a valuable step in your healing process.


Kim Kriesel, MSC, LAC, NCC

Locations in the East Valley and Central Phoenix.

Contact me directly at (480) 319-4413 or kimk@maternalhealthmatters.net.

For more information, visit www.wellmamas.net

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