As common as postpartum depression is in society today, would it surprise you to hear that postpartum anxiety is also very common? In my counseling private practice in Flower Mound, Texas, I’m finding more and more pregnant and postpartum women presenting with anxiety, or a combination of depression and anxiety together.
This anxiety can show up before pregnancy and may have already been a part of your life, and something you may have sought treatment for in the past as well.
Anxiety may show up while you’re pregnant, and is especially common with a pregnancy following a previous miscarriage/ pregnancy loss (which was the case for me personally).
The anxiety may also show up after the birth of your baby, sometimes seemingly without warning and out of nowhere. After the first two weeks postpartum, called the baby blues, if you’re not feeling better and more like yourself, you may be experiencing something more serious such as postpartum anxiety.
First, reach out to you OBGYN or another doctor that you trust to make sure something isn’t going on medically, and to find out if medication may be helpful to you at this point in your life. Also, if your doctor places you on medication, studies have shown that medication and therapy together often have a better success rate than medication alone.
Next, consider reaching out to a therapist who specializes in postpartum anxiety to help you with the mental health side of anxiety.
I get it, I’ve been there too, and it’s scary to reach out for help from a therapist. But, the sooner you start therapy, the sooner you can begin to feel better and back to being you. Plus, the sooner you can be the mom you want to be to your new baby and the partner you want to be to your spouse as well.
I get that it’s hard to pack your baby in their car seat carrier, just to run to the grocery store, so how are you supposed to also get you and your baby to a weekly therapy session, right? Well, here’s some great news for you, I offer online video counseling (which is similar to Skype). I want access to therapy to be easy for you! Something you can do from your home. Plus, it’s safe, secure and easy to access from your computer, phone or tablet.
You know you need more support in your life right now. You know your current level of worry and anxiety is robbing you of the joy you’d like to be feeling right now. You know seeing a therapist who specializes in postpartum anxiety would be helpful to you at this point in your life.
What would it be like to live the life you want to live without the constant worry and anxiety you’re currently experiencing? This is possible! Take the first step and email me today to schedule a time to talk. I look forward to hearing from you soon!