It is summertime and everyone around you seems to be enjoying the beautiful weather and time off with friends and family. You’ve just had a baby and everyone expects you to be ecstatic. So why are you feeling so low? Surprisingly, up to 80 percent of new mothers experience the baby blues, an emotional reaction that begins a few days to a week after delivery and usually lasts less than two weeks. Symptoms can include weepiness, anxiety, inability to sleep, irritability and moodiness.
If the feelings persist after two weeks, you could be suffering from postpartum depression. It’s important to talk to your healthcare provider if you think you may be feeling this way.
If you think you may be feeling general depression symptoms, you are not alone. About 10 to 15 percent of new mothers experience clinical depression, anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). To find out if you should seek treatment, take Bryan Medical Center’s anonymous and confidential online screening.
It's a quick and easy way to determine whether you could benefit from meeting with a mental health professional. If you would like to visit with a mental health professional, the Bryan Counseling Center has trained staff that can help. To schedule an appointment, call 402-481-5991.