A post-partum mood disorder occurs two weeks or more after the birth of a new baby (post-partum) and affects feelings and thoughts (mood) in a maladaptive way that inhibits healthy functioning in the new family (disorder).
After the new baby is two weeks old, if new parents are still experiencing overwhelming thoughts and feelings (e.g. of depression, anxiety, guilt) that impede the function of daily relationships and activities, there may be a post partum mood disorder present.
What are the symptoms?
The most common post-partum mood disorder is post-partum depression. Currently, 13% of mothers worldwide experience postpartum depression (Misri & Joe, 2008; Stewart et. al, 2003; World Health Organization, 2013). Depression is characterized by low or sad mood, irritability, lack of joy or pleasure, guilt, anxiety, social withdrawal, and appetite and sleep disturbances. For postpartum depression, the experience of the symptoms last for longer than two weeks and generally begin anytime in the first year after birth (American Psychiatric Association, 2000). Unfortunately, postpartum depression often gets lumped in with the more general experience of depression, which can happen throughout a person’s life. However, women often report that the experience of postpartum depression is different because they feel guilt and increased pressure not to ask for help (Bennett & Indman, 2003).
Once identified, post partum mood disorders are very treatable and NTNC has many services specifically to treat these conditions. Our services are provided by supervised Ph.D. interns and include:
To begin treatment, call NTNC’s clinical psychology supervisor for an initial conversation, Dr. Marsha McKeon at 805.656.6644, about your needs.
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