The following describes methods for treating postpartum depression. For specific information regarding your health and treatment options, please contact your Hurley physician or medical professional.
If you are feeling sad after having a baby, we can help
At Hurley Medical Center, we understand that the birth of a baby is a wonderful event – but it can also trigger many powerful emotions, including fear, anxiety and a severe, long-lasting form of depression known as postpartum depression.
If you feel you are experiencing postpartum depression, please contact the Hurley Mental Health Associates, the outpatient mental health clinic of Hurley Medical Center, at (810) 262-2100. Early diagnosis and treatment can help bring about a speedy recovery and in most cases, prevent your condition from getting worse.
What causes postpartum depression?
Postpartum depression seems to be brought on by the changes in hormone levels that occur after pregnancy. Any woman can get postpartum depression in the months after childbirth, miscarriage, or stillbirth.
You have a greater chance of getting postpartum depression if:
- You've had depression or postpartum depression before
- You have poor support from your partner, friends, or family
- You have a sick or colicky baby
- You have a lot of other stress in your life
What are the symptoms of postpartum depression?
- Feel very sad, hopeless, and empty. Some women also may feel anxious.
- Lose pleasure in everyday things
- Not feel hungry and may lose weight. Or you may feel more hungry and gain weight.
- Have trouble sleeping
- Not be able to concentrate
Treatment options include:
- Medical evaluation to rule out physiological problems
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (a form of psychotherapy)
- Possible medication
- Support groups
- Home visits/Home visitors
- Healthy diet
- Consistent/healthy sleep patterns