Pregnancy and Postpartum
Perinatal mental health is an important topic to discuss. Of the women reporting, there is said to be up to 20% who experience perinatal depression and/or anxiety. Perinatal is the experience before, during and after pregnancy, and the physiological and hormonal shifts taking place during this time are tremendous. Often times, women don't share their emotional struggle and this can lead to more serious depression and anxiety. The best thing a woman can do is seek support. And support comes in many forms; talk to a friend or family member, join a mommy and me group or other perinatal support group, or call a qualified therapist.
Common symptoms for perinatal depression and anxiety are:
|Feelings of sadness||Withdrawal from Family and Friends|
|Difficulty concentrating||Feelings of shame, guilt or inadequacy|
|Lack of interest in things you used to enjoy||Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby|
|Changes in sleeping and eating habits||Difficulty Bonding with the Baby|
|Panic attacks, nervousness or anxiety||Excessive worry about your baby|
|Confusion or Disorientation||Difficulty accepting motherhood|
|Irrational thinking; seeing or hearing things that aren't there||Mood swings: highs and lows, feeling overwhelmed|
Experiencing these symptoms alone does not mean you have Postpartum Depression. But if these symptoms feel excessive or overwhelming talk to a mental health professional and discuss options.
As a therapist, I've trained with the Maternal Mental Health NOW organization whose mission is to remove barriers to the prevention, screening and treatment of prenatal and postpartum depression in Los Angeles County. For more information about perinatal mental health (symptoms, diagnosis and treatment), visit maternalmentalhealthnow.org
Adjusting to Parenthood
Becoming parents can be an overwhelming experience for couples. For that reason, I offer a short-term, solution focused therapy model specifically for adjusting to parenthood. This model differs from traditional couples therapy in that its structured approach is designed to focus on specific topics important in your relationship.
|Roles in parenthood||Sleep deprivation||Schedules and self-care|
|Duties in the home||Sex||Spirituality|
Feel free to contact me if you have questions regarding perinatal counseling or parenting couples therapy.