Looking Within: Healing, Learning, and Growing
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This is a delicate and sensitive time in any woman’s life when there is a huge shift in identity.
Even if the pregnancy was planned and eagerly awaited, it sets off massive changes in your life that can overcome your sense of ability and confidence. It is important to be assessed for safety of the baby and you, and if the blues don’t lift by two weeks after delivery and move towards a new equilibrium, it is imperative to get help. If you have any thoughts of harming yourself or the baby, please call 911 immediately.
Recently, there has been widely discussed news about routinely screening pregnant women for depression. That is an important step. Pregnancy can re-open old wounds and memories for both the parents, not just the woman. Parenting an infant is challenging but should also be a rewarding time. If you are dealing with Depression, everything can seem much harder and it is difficult to find joy in the baby or yourself. This impacts the whole family.
It may be important to screen the non-pregnant spouse for Depression too. The kind of support you have can set the tone for your health over the next few years. Postpartum depression is sometimes a collapse of a new mother into a fearful and sad mindset when the actual problems may be unvoiced. Post Partum Depression is serious but treatable.
If you are crying a lot, feeling extremely sad or hopeless, overwhelmed with feelings of guilt or hopelessness, feeling empty or irritable, avoiding people, uninterested in your baby, worrying excessively about your baby, restless, or unable to get out of bed, please understand that these are symptoms of PPD. If five or more of the symptoms have lasted over a couple of weeks, it is important to get help. Please call to set up an appointment with me. Babies in car seats can accompany you to my office although you may be able to speak more freely if you can have someone care for the baby while you come in.
21710 Stevens Creek Blvd., Ste 240
Cupertino, CA 95014
Conveniently located near 101, 280, 85,
and Stevens Creek Blvd.
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Couples, Marriage, Family, and Individual Counseling, Therapy and Psychotherapy
Serving Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Mountain View, and Palo Alto California, as well as surrounding communities