A new baby brings joy. A blessing people say. A gift! It’s supposed to be the most joyous time in a woman’s life. So why do I feel so sad? Such is the problem of postpartum depression. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that up to 20% of all women who give birth suffer from postpartum depression. This is not just “baby blues”, a result of fatigue and stress from care and worry of a newborn. This is a situation that can cripple a new mother, and render her unable to care for her newborn.
What are the signs of postpartum depression?
- Emotional reactions that are out of proportion to event. This can include crying, feelings of hopelessness anger or rage.
- Sleep disturbance
- Somatic symptoms such as headaches, stomach problems or muscle pain
- Feeling detached, or not being able to bond with the baby
- Lack of interest in previously enjoyed activities
- Thoughts of self harm or harming the baby
- Change in appetite
Postpartum depression can strike any woman, but there are certain factors that place some at greater risk. These include history of depression (personally or family), medical problems during or after pregnancy, lack of support or presence of abuse at home, alcohol or drug abuse.
Postpartum depression can be difficult to treat. Many women are resistant to taking daily medications (antidepressants) which might take a few weeks to work. Many mothers express concern about drugs getting into the breast milk that nourishes the child. Ketamine offers a safe alternative.
Are you or a loved one suffering from postpartum depression? Feeling some baby blues but not sure what to do? Call the professionals at Ketamine Wellness Centers. We can help you determine if you are suffering from depression, and have treatment plans for new and nursing mothers. Ketamine is safe and effective. A newborn will grow up quickly. Don’t miss a moment of your child’s life. Be a better parent by caring for your own needs too. Start your pathway to joyful parenting by calling us today. You and your child deserve a happy healthy upbringing. Ketamine Wellness Centers can help.
Dr. Ellen Diamond is the Clinical Psychologist for Ketamine Wellness Centers.