Whether it is your first baby or your fifth, a woman who has had a baby in the last year may find herself suddenly feeling out of sorts. Many women assume that postpartum depression and anxiety (PPD) only happens right after their baby is born. The truth is that good days and bad days happen. You will go through times when you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed. A rough day or two here and there is not postpartum depression. If you have a loved one who is struggling with PPD, call Legacy Freedom. We offer affordable depression therapy in Charlotte, NC for women.
What is postpartum depression? Knowing the signs and symptoms to look for in yourself or someone you love is crucial. Being able to identify and verbalize your feelings or concerns about your own or someone else's well-being is key. It is important to note that postpartum depression and anxiety do not present the same way for all women. Having symptoms of one or a combination of the two is common.
These are the most common symptoms of PPD:
- Feeling irritated or angry
- Numbness or emptiness
- Lack or increase in appetite
- Loss of focus or concentration
- Intense feelings of guilt
- Difficulty bonding with your baby
- Extreme feelings of being overwhelmed
- Hopelessness and extreme sadness
- Insomnia or hypersomnia
- Fears of being judged or having your baby taken away
- Intense anxiety
- Suicidal thoughts
- Desire to run away
Postpartum anxiety can co-occur with PPD. Signs of PPA include:
- Deep feelings of worry
- Racing thoughts
- The need to continually be doing something
- Loss of appetite
- Feeling like something is off that you can't put your finger on
- Afraid to ask for help
- Chronic sense of dread
- Hypervigilant behaviors
- Afraid to be alone with your baby
- Intense insomnia
- Restless, uneasy feeling
- Constant sense of dread
- Headaches, shaking, nausea or stomach cramps
Remember that having symptoms from both lists is not unusual. Experts estimate that between 15 and 20 percent of all new mothers experience PPD or PPA. You are not alone. Women who are still pregnant may also experience these symptoms. If you are more than one year post baby and having these feelings, you could be struggling with anxiety or depression. Both conditions are entirely treatable.
Affordable Depression Therapy In Charlotte, NC For PPD
Help is ready and waiting for you at Legacy Freedom of Charlotte. Our caring and compassionate staff is experienced in helping women overcome their PPD, PPA, depression, and anxiety. We know you have people depending on you and that you're struggling with taking the time away from them to take care of yourself. Know that focusing on your mental health is important. You deserve to have good days.
By combining both traditional talk therapy and alternative therapies, our care team creates a unique holistic treatment program that is focused on you and your needs. From diet and exercise to mindfulness practices to get to the root of your mental health needs, our team helps you heal mind, body, and spirit. Getting you back to feeling like yourself is our priority here at Legacy Freedom.
We have helped thousands of women. Asking for help or admitting that you are having these feelings is scary. Connect today with our care team and begin your journey towards healing. Call or click to start depression therapy in Charlotte, NC with Legacy Freedom.