Article – The Truth of Postpartum Depression

The Truth about Postpartum Depression

By: Leanna Kobrin, LMHC, NCC

“This is an illness that takes away a woman’s ability to access joy…right at the time she need it the most.”  Dr. Katherine Wisner

There has recently been a lot of talk in the media about postpartum depression. Several celebrities have publicly stated their struggles with PDD and the path that led them to recovery. Having a baby can be the most wonderful time in a women’s life, but it can also be the most overwhelming, hopeless and sad time. Postpartum depression occurs within the first few months after giving birth. It can vary from the “baby blues” to more severe symptoms.

 Common symptoms of PDD include:

– Irritability

-Difficulty concrentrating

-Anxiety

-Excessive crying

-Feelings of hopelessness of helplessness

-Anger

-Loss of interest in activities

-Change in appetite

-Difficulty bonding with the baby

-Feeling worthless

-Thoughts of harming the baby or self

There is no single cause of postpartum depression however there are notable changes in the body that can lead to a disruption of the norm. Both physical changes in the body coupled with emotional changes of being a mother could contribute to postpartum depression. Excessive sleep deprivation also hinders the body to recharge and can create heightened emotions.  A history of anxiety or depression has also been linked to a higher risk of postpartum depression but does not necessarily lead to it.

If you are struggling with any of the above symptoms, it is important to seek help. Postpartum depression is treatable with proper medical care and counseling. COPE can provide the assistance that is needed.

Call Leanna Kobrin, LMHC at 954-583-8831 ext 390

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If you are struggling with an eating disorder or you know someone who is, contact Leanna Kobrin, LMHC at the Center of Psychological Effectiveness at 954-583-8831 ext 390 and start on the road to recovery.