Postpartum Depression Treatment in Wylie, TX

Pathway Psychiatry provides comprehensive psychiatric care and counseling for adults at our psychiatric clinic. Led by Dr. Ashley Gardner, we pride ourselves on our ability to offer personalized treatment plans for individuals with conditions such as postpartum depression. We provide postpartum depression evaluations and treatment at our office in Wylie, TX. Learn more about postpartum depression and call (214) 997-4459 to schedule your consultation today!

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What Is Postpartum Depression?

Postpartum Depression (PPD) is a mood disorder that can affect some women after giving birth. It is characterized by persistent and severe feelings of sadness, anxiety, and despair, often accompanied by physical and cognitive symptoms. PPD can interfere with a person’s ability to care for themselves and their baby, making it important to seek diagnosis and treatment from a healthcare professional.

Common Causes

The exact causes of Postpartum Depression (PPD) are not fully understood and are likely to result from a combination of factors, including:

  • Hormonal Changes: After childbirth, there is a rapid drop in the levels of hormones like estrogen and progesterone. These hormonal fluctuations can contribute to mood disturbances.
  • Psychological Factors: Emotional and psychological factors, such as a history of depression or anxiety, stress, or a lack of social support, can increase the risk of developing PPD.
  • Genetic Predisposition: A family history of mood disorders, including depression, can make individuals more susceptible to PPD.
  • Physical and Emotional Stress: The physical and emotional demands of pregnancy, childbirth, and caring for a newborn can be overwhelming and contribute to PPD.
  • Changes in Sleep Patterns: Sleep deprivation is common for new parents and can exacerbate mood disturbances.
  • Adjustment to New Roles: The adjustment to parenthood and changes in daily routines can be challenging and lead to emotional stress.

It’s important to note that PPD is a legitimate medical condition, and it is not the fault of the individual experiencing it. Seeking help and support from healthcare professionals is crucial for diagnosis and effective management.

Symptoms of Postpartum Depression

According to Mayo Clinic postpartum depression typically creates feelings of extreme sadness, exhaustion, and anxiety in women for an extended period. Additional symptoms include:

  • Crying more than usual or for no apparent reason
  • Feeling irritable, moody, or restless
  • Flashes of anger or rage
  • Physical pains such as headaches, muscle pains, or stomach issues
  • Changes in sleep habits – either too much or too little
  • Loss of interest in activities that were once very enjoyable
  • Isolation of self from friends and family
  • Difficulty in bonding with the baby
  • Significant changes in eating habits – eating too much or too little
  • Doubt in her ability to care for the baby
  • Inability to concentrate, remember specific details, or make decisions

More concerning symptoms such as thoughts of harming oneself or the baby can be signs of a more rare mental illness called postpartum psychosis, which should be treated immediately.

Treatment Options for Postpartum Depression

Treatment for postpartum depression often includes therapy, medication, or a combination of the two. Medications such as antidepressants can help to regulate mood. It is important to talk with your doctor about such medications, as certain types may or may not be safe to take while breastfeeding.


  • Postpartum Support International (PSI): PSI offers resources, support, and information for individuals and families dealing with perinatal mood disorders, including PPD. Website:
  • The Blue Dot Project: This organization aims to reduce the stigma associated with maternal mental health disorders and offers support and resources. Website:
  • “This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression” by Karen R. Kleiman and Valerie Davis Raskin: A helpful book for understanding and managing postpartum depression.
  • “The Postpartum Survival Guide” by Katayune Kaeni and Julie Lamana: This book provides practical advice and guidance for individuals experiencing postpartum mood disorders.

Treatment for PPD at Pathway Psychiatry

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