“What’s wrong with me? I haven’t been myself since my baby was born…I feel like I am going crazy, why can’t I just pull it together?”
Having a baby is supposed to be the happiest time in a woman’s life. However, for many women, the arrival of their new baby also brings the most stressful and anxiety producing life transition that a woman will ever experience. It is not unusual for new motherhood to bring a wide range of intense feelings during the first year after birth. For one out of five women, these feelings may develop into post-partum depression (PPD). If you are one of them, please know that you are not alone and there is help available for you.
PPD is a common and treatable condition with symptoms and you should not blame yourself. It is not your fault. You may be suffering from some of the following symptoms:
- frequent crying and feeling overwhelmed with sadness and feelings of inadequacy not being able to sleep even though you may be physically exhausted
- eating disturbances
- disorientation and confusion
- inability to cope
- feelings of anger/irritability
- suicidal thoughts
- anxiety or panic attacks
- emotional detachment from your infant
Society tends to focus only on the positive aspects of becoming a mother. The idea that the birth of a child is a wonderful time makes it difficult for women to admit to problems after the birth. Unfortunately, due to guilt and shame, many new moms suffer in silence. New mothers often feel scared, anxious and alone.
If you believe you or someone you know is experiencing depression/anxiety during pregnancy or after the birth of a child, help is available. Dr. Cherwony provides emotional and mental support, as well as educational information for pregnant and postpartum women and their families, facilitating the transition from pregnancy to parenthood. Dr. Cherwony will work with your OBGYN or midwife to coordinate treatment care.
Dr. Cherwony also works with parents in helping them adapt to a new lifestyle and finding their balance between parenthood, work, and overall wellness. Please call for an appointment at her Boca Raton or North Palm Beach office.