Postpartum Depression Treatment in Columbus

What is Postpartum Depression?

Postpartum depression (PPD) is a form of depression that occurs specifically during pregnancy or after childbirth. This mental illness is very common and affects more than 800,000 women in the U.S. alone. Postpartum depression often makes it difficult for these women to perform daily activities for themselves or others.

What are the Causes of Postpartum Depression?

Postpartum depression is affected by several different physical and emotional factors rather than by a single source.

After childbirth, a woman experiences a dramatic change in her hormone levels, which leads to an alteration of chemicals in her brain. These chemical changes often result in powerful mood swings.

Sleep deprivation is another key contributor to postpartum depression. As the body undergoes an enormous amount of stress during childbirth, it is understandable that it requires an incredible amount of rest in order to fully recuperate. However, many new mothers find it difficult to attain such needed rest, which can heavily impact common symptoms of postpartum depression like exhaustion.

Postpartum Depression Symptoms

Postpartum depression typically creates feelings of extreme sadness, exhaustion, and anxiety in women for an extended period of time. Additional symptoms include:

  • Crying more than usual or for no apparent reason
  • Feeling irritable, moody, or restless
  • Flashes of anger or rage
  • Physical pains such as headaches, muscle pains, or stomach issues
  • Changes in sleep habits – either too much or too little
  • Loss of interest in activities that were once very enjoyable
  • Isolation of self from friends and family
  • Difficulty in bonding with the baby
  • Significant changes in eating habits – eating too much or too little
  • Doubt in ability to care for the baby
  • Inability to concentrate, remember specific details, or make decisions

More concerning symptoms such as thoughts of harming oneself or the baby can be signs of a more rare mental illness called postpartum psychosis, which should be treated immediately.

Postpartum Depression Treatment Options

Treatment for postpartum depression is often handled using therapy, medication, or a combination of the two.

Many patients that suffer from postpartum depression have found talk therapies to be very helpful. More specifically, patients often find success in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT).

Medications such as antidepressants can help to regulate abnormal changes in chemicals of the brain, which lead to a more stable mood. It is important to talk with your doctor about such medications, as certain types may or may not be considered safe to take while breastfeeding.

Additional Resources From Comprehensive Women’s Care

To speak with a board certified OB/GYN specialist from Comprehensive Women’s Care about the diagnosis or treatment of your postpartum depression, please request an appointment today. You can also speak with one of our physicians immediately by calling (614) 583-5552.

COVID-19 Update

Due to the recent coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19, we are taking steps to protect our patients, employees and their loved ones. We can all play a role in slowing the speed at which the virus spreads.

As your healthcare provider, we are committed to your health and safety. Starting on March 16, we will be rescheduling all routine well visits/annuals appointments.

This DOES NOT include our pregnant patients or anyone who needs an urgent appointment.

This DOES include anyone with routine, follow up, and/or annual visits who do not have any abnormal issues. If you are elderly, immunocompromised, or have underlying medical conditions, please do not come into our office during this time.

Your health is important to us and we welcome you to call our office if you need any help deciding if you need to reschedule your appointment.

If you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please do not come to the office for an appointment. Please instead call us to reschedule.

We have always been very welcoming of additional support people and children in our office, but at this time, we are asking that you do not bring any guests to your visits. If you need assistance and a support person is necessary, please call our office so arrangements can be made.

This is only temporary for the safety and well being of ALL our patients at CWC.

The situation is fluid, and we are continually reassessing it.

We will be offering telemedicine appointments beginning March 23rd.

We will be updating you regularly, and we welcome you to call our office to speak to our staff with any questions or concerns.

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