Postpartum Depression & Anxiety

While postpartum depression is more well known, postpartum anxiety actually affects more women. Postpartum depression can also occur in men so be sure to check in with your partner often. The team at Banner is ready to help you and your family during this time.

What Is Postpartum Depression and Anxiety?

Postpartum depression occurs after childbirth and affects mental health. Some women may experience baby blues for a short period of time while others may experience postpartum depression. While the exact cause of postpartum depression is unclear, many hormone changes happen after childbirth and may be a part of the cause of postpartum depression.

Postpartum anxiety also can occur after women give childbirth. Anxiety symptoms include panic attacks, worrying, poor focus, lack of sleep and overthinking and overprotecting.

Baby Blues vs Postpartum Depression

Baby blues are common after women give childbirth. Baby blues usually lasts about 10 days after childbirth and is associated with changes in mood.

Symptoms of baby blues may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Crying

Postpartum Depression Signs and Symptoms

While baby blues may last for a short period of time, postpartum depression lingers for a longer period of time and may become severe quickly. Symptoms of postpartum depression include:

  • Trouble bonding with your baby
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Fear of being a bad mother
  • Crying
  • And more

Postpartum psychosis is also a rare, severe mental health illness that can affect women after childbirth. If you are experiencing postpartum depression symptoms that are lasting longer than two weeks, reach out to your doctor for help. If you are struggling with thoughts about hurting yourself or your baby, talk to your partner or family and call 911 to get help.

Postpartum Depression Treatment and Support

There are treatment options for postpartum depression including medication and therapy options.

Medication: Ensure your doctor is aware if you’re breastfeeding to make sure the medication does not interfere with this.

Therapy/Counseling: Your doctor may recommend you see a therapist to talk through your thoughts and mental health.

Support Group: Banner Health offers support group meetings for postpartum depression weekly.

Your doctor can discuss the best options that will work for you. Consider adding these into your routine as well to help lessen postpartum depression:

  • Exercise
  • Relax
  • Complete daily tasks

You are not alone in this. The team at Banner is here to help answer any questions and help you get the care you may need. Contact us today to learn more.