HOW ARE YOU FEELING NOW?
While many women experience some mild mood change or “the blues” during or after the birth of a child, 1 in 7 women experience more significant symptoms of depression or anxiety. 1 in 10 Dads become depressed during the first year.
Are you feeling sad or depressed?
Is it difficult for you to enjoy yourself? Do you feel more irritable or tense? Do you feel anxious or panicky?
Are you having difficulty bonding with your baby?
Do you feel as if you are “out of control” or “going crazy”?
Are you worried that you might hurt your baby or yourself?
Do you worry that something is wrong but don’t know how to help?
Do you think that your partner or spouse is having problems coping?
Are you worried that it may never get better?
Any parent can suffer from pregnancy or postpartum mood or anxiety disorders. However, with informed care you can prevent a worsening of symptoms and can fully recover. It is essential to recognize symptoms and reach out as soon as possible so that you can get the help you need and deserve.
THINGS YOU CAN DO
Being a good parent includes taking care of yourself. If you take care of yourself, you will be able to take better care of your baby and your family.
- Talk to a counselor or healthcare provider who has training in perinatal mood and anxiety problems.
- Learn as much as you can about pregnancy and postpartum depression and anxiety.
- Get support from family and friends. Ask for help when you need it.
- Join a support group in your area or online.
- Keep active by walking, stretching or whatever form of exercise helps you to feel better.
- Get enough rest and time for yourself.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Don’t give up! It may take more than one try to get the right help you need.
- Call or email us; we will help you.
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