Postpartum Depression and Anxiety
The birth of a child can be magical and life-changing, but it can also bring some emotional difficulties.
You may experience negative thoughts, face constant fear about your little one’s safety, or feel disconnected from them. And after a while, you might lose track of who you are besides a caregiver.
Postnatal mental health issues are common, but they are not your fault or a reflection of your worth.
What Is Postpartum Depression and Anxiety?
Postpartum or postnatal depression and anxiety are mood disorders that may happen after the birth of a child and interfere with your ability to function.
These conditions can affect individuals of any age, gender identity, or sexual orientation, including birth or adoptive parents, surrogates, and their partners.
Do You Need Therapy for Postpartum Depression and Anxiety?
While mild mood shifts are typical after childbirth, postpartum depression and anxiety involve severe, uncontrollable, and lasting symptoms.
Signs of postpartum depression include:
Excessive crying and deep sadness
Difficulty connecting with your baby
Feeling worthless or guilty
Low energy and motivation
Thoughts of hurting yourself or your child
Signs of postpartum anxiety include:
Intrusive thoughts or irrational fear
Palpitations and shortness of breath
Sweating and trembling
If you or someone you love is showing any of these signs, please know there is hope.
Therapy can help you manage distressing symptoms, improve your mood, and reconnect with yourself and your baby. You will also gain valuable skills to overcome parenting challenges and make meaningful changes as you navigate this new chapter.
Therapy for Postpartum Depression and Anxiety at Chase Counseling
I provide therapy for postpartum depression and anxiety and other services to adults in Annapolis, Severna Park, Baltimore City, and beyond. My doors are open to everyone, regardless of race, culture, religion, gender identity, or sexual orientation. I have experience working with women, new parents, and the LGBTQIA+ community.
My therapeutic approach is goal-oriented and focused on your needs. I blend cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness, and insight work. I also use the MoodLinks app to coach clients between sessions.
Let’s start healing so you can take care of yourself and your child.
Contact me to see if we are a good fit.