Having a baby is noted as one of the happiest, albeit most stressful, times in a person’s life. One common experience that many women share, however, is dealing with postpartum depression after giving birth. In what is supposed to be a happy time, postpartum depression can make women feel irritable or hypersensitive, angry, anxious or worried, or experience negative feelings such as sadness, helplessness, hopelessness, or guilt. It can begin any time during the first two months after giving birth, and other symptoms include difficulty concentrating, crying or tearfulness, difficulty sleeping, headaches, fatigue or exhaustion and changes in appetite. If you’re struggling with postpartum depression or anxiety, it’s important to get help sooner rather than later.

When to Seek Treatment for Postpartum Depression

If negative feelings are dominating your day-to-day life, it’s important not to feel ashamed or embarrassed about asking for help dealing with depression. The process of healing can take a while, but the sooner you start, the sooner you can start feeling better.

Coping Begins with Day-to-Day Care

In the meantime, be sure to take care of yourself—make sure that your basic needs, like sleeping and eating, are met, and try not to feel guilty about feeling sad during what is supposed to be a happy time.

Seek Support from Friends, Family or Counselors

If you are having trouble getting out of bed or getting things done during the day, seeking therapy or counseling can help.  Discussing your experiences with others who are going through the same thing can help you cope.

Personalized PPD Therapy Options for New Mothers

Since not every type of counseling will be the most ideal choice for every person, we at the Blossom Method offer a range of different programs. We offer individual support, couples counseling, and support groups, so you’ll be sure to find the help you need most here.

Sharing your feelings is the first step to healing.

  • Knowing that postpartum depression gets better eventually will help you cope.
  • Addressing your feelings and experiences helps you move past the tough times so you can focus on taking care of your new baby the way you want to.

For help coping with postpartum depression, contact the Blossom Method today at our downtown Chicago office by calling 312-854-0061 or emailing us at info@blossommethod.com.