Postpartum depression is a legitimate mental health disorder not to be confused with “the baby blues.” A large number of mothers experience the baby blues after delivery, which is a temporary condition that causes low moods and cognitive issues. While the baby blues go away within a week or two, postpartum depression creates issues that can last for months or years. The team at CBH offers treatment for postpartum depression in a caring environment.
What Is Postpartum Depression?
An individual with postpartum depression has symptoms that resemble the problems caused by major depression. They can have depressed mood, low energy, reduced self-esteem and focus issues. The timing of postpartum depression makes it a condition that’s distinct from major depression. Mothers and fathers alike can experience its symptoms in the time after the birth of their child. They develop the condition as a response to the stressors of having a new child and hormone changes that accompany this life-changing event.
How Does Postpartum Depression Impact a Patient’s Life?
When a person has postpartum depression, they can experience issues with their mood, sleep, eating and socialization. These symptoms can get in the way of taking care of themselves, caring for their baby and practicing healthy habits. In severe cases of postpartum depression, the person can have thoughts of suicide or self-harm. Postpartum depression also has a chance of developing into long-term major depression if it’s left untreated.
Does Postpartum Depression Affect My Baby?
Postpartum depression can have an impact on your baby’s well-being in addition to your own. The lack of energy and motivation makes it difficult to give a child proper care. As a result, you may miss out on supporting your child in their developmental years. Patients who have severe postpartum depression can also have thoughts of harming their babies.
How Can CBH Treat Postpartum Depression?
We provide a full range of behavioral health services for patients dealing with this condition. At CBH, postpartum depression treatment involves:
- Therapy: During postpartum depression counseling and therapy, a licensed therapist will help you understand your feelings and set treatment goals. You may also participate in family or relationship therapy. Our team of experts will help you find the best option.
- Antidepressant treatment: Your psychiatrist may recommend antidepressants if you need to supplement your PPD therapy. Because this is a time for change and bonding with your baby, medications will be tailored to help you continue to breastfeed while managing your symptoms.
Telepsychiatry Services From CBH
Patients who are confined to their homes or living in remote areas can take advantage of our telemedicine services. If you live in the United States, you could qualify for insurance coverage for our care. Contact our office to learn more about postpartum depression telepsychiatry from CBH.
Schedule an Appointment for Compassionate Care
CBH serves patients in the Washington, D.C., metro area, including northern Virginia and Rockville, MD. We welcome anyone in the region looking for postpartum depression care to reach out to us. Patients who live near Bethesda, MD, can now make an appointment at our Bethesda location! You can contact us using our online form or by calling 703-812-4642.