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Balance Women’s Health specializes in treating mood and anxiety disorders related to reproductive lifecycle transitions, including the peri and postpartum periods. We are dedicated to helping women who experience mood and anxiety disorders during and after pregnancy.
POSTPARTUM ANXIETY DISORDERS
Anxiety during and after pregnancy commonly occurs along side depression but may occur on its own. Most people know about postpartum depression but postpartum anxiety can take several forms and be just as debilitating for moms. Women may worry that they are not doing a good enough job in caring for the baby. These symptoms can worsen to the point of impairing a woman’s ability to care for herself or the baby.
Postpartum Anxiety Disorders Include:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Panic Disorder
MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH
Mental health problems during pregnancy and after childbirth are common. About one in ten women have a significant mental health problem during pregnancy and after childbirth (postpartum). This is a time when women are at increased risk for a mood and/or anxiety disorder. Although many women experience passing feelings of “baby blues” in the 3-14 days after giving birth, about 10-20 percent of women develop symptoms significant enough to warrant treatment. Unfortunately, mental health problems are often undiagnosed because many of the symptoms, such as fatigue and poor sleep, are also commonly associated with motherhood itself. Without treatment women (and families) can suffer for years. However, help is available and new treatments are providing effective and rapid relief.
HOW CAN BALANCE HELP?
Balance physicians and advanced practice practitioners are dedicated to helping you determine the appropriate treatment that will help alleviate symptoms and help you feel better.
ZULRESSO (BREXANOLONE) INTRAVENOUS INFUSION FOR POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION.
In extreme cases, a woman may lose touch with reality, for example hearing voices or believing the baby would be better off dead. This is an emergency and requires immediate treatment and possible hospitalization.
So often, women who are emotionally struggling during pregnancy or after delivery feel alone and find it difficult to admit this to others. Many research studies have shown the benefits of support groups for women, both during pregnancy and after. It can be reassuring and healing to know others share similar worries, fears, doubts, and guilt. Participating in a support group may provide a safe, judgement-free place to talk about the realities of motherhood and its hardships.
Self-care activities include:
- Drinking enough water
- Eating on a regular basis
- Skipping meals can contribute to mood swings and junk food has been associated with depression
- Asking for help
- Asking friends and family for support in practical ways (laundry, dishes, and chores) can go a long way in alleviating anxiety
Please remember this information is intended for educational purposes only and should not substitute medical advice from a healthcare provider.