Treatment for Postpartum Depression 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. Dr. Gardner provides 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 with Dr. Gardner today!
What Is Postpartum Depression?
Postpartum depression (PPD) is a form of depression that occurs specifically during pregnancy or after childbirth. This mental illness is very common and affects more than 800,000 women in the United States alone. Postpartum depression often makes it difficult for these women to perform daily activities for themselves or others.
The development of postpartum depression is affected by several different physical and emotional factors rather than by a single source.
After childbirth, a woman experiences a dramatic change in her hormone levels, these changes often result in powerful mood swings.
Sleep deprivation is another key contributor to postpartum depression. As the body undergoes an enormous amount of stress during childbirth, it is understandable that it requires an incredible amount of rest to fully recuperate. However, many new mothers find it difficult to get such needed rest.
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 is often handled using 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.
Treatment for PPD at Pathway Psychiatry
Contact Dr. Ashley Gardner at Pathway Psychiatry in Wylie, TX. Call (214) 997-4459 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Gardner today.