While some worry is quite normal (it comes with the territory of parenthood), anxiety is not. Anxiety is extremely persistent and often overwhelming. It’s scary thoughts that don’t subside. Worst of all, anxiety interferes with your day to day life. Counseling can help you develop coping strategies to reduce your anxiety symptoms.
Sometimes an experience during your pregnancy, birth, or postpartum (NICU stay, medical complications, etc.) can be traumatizing. We all experience trauma, stress, or various physical and emotional challenges in different ways. Processing what you experienced and how you’re feeling as a result in therapy can be extremely beneficial in relieving symptoms. Healing from your traumatic experiences, no matter how recently they occurred, is possible.
Some of the more common symptoms of perinatal depression include: feeling consistently sad, hopeless, empty, or overwhelmed; crying more often than usual or for no apparent reason, feeling moody or irritable; withdrawing from or avoiding friends and family; persistently doubting that you can care for you baby; thinking about harming herself or her baby. You’ve probably heard someone describe “the baby blues.” About 80% of postpartum women experiences a period (usually lasting about 2 weeks) of feel particularly exhausted, emotionally uneven, and even a bit mentally foggy. Questioning whether you’re experiencing a common case of baby blues or depression isn’t unusual. I see clients all the time who just aren’t sure where they fall on that spectrum and I’m happy to work with every single one. It’s okay to come on in and chat even if you don’t think it’s “real” depression or that it’s “not that bad.”
The transition to parenthood is different for everyone and influenced by a multitude of different factors. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and want to chat about your experiences, that’s what I’m here for. A lot of people come to see me because they just need a safe space to talk about it all.
Pregnancy and infant loss as well as infertility are a reality for many families. Grief is a deeply personal and emotional experience. Navigating this journey in therapy can be very beneficial for many.