Expecting a new baby is usually seen as a positive event. A new mother is supposed to be happy and instinctively know how to care for her baby. However, the emotions of being a new parent can sometimes seem overwhelming, ranging from difficulty adjusting to anxiety, panic, depression, feeling inadequate, or even thinking your baby would be better off without you.
Ask yourself these questions.
If you answer yes to any of these questions you may have a postpartum mood disorder that can be treated.
- Do you have trouble sleeping even when your baby is asleep?
- Do you get anxious over the littlest things that concern your baby?
- Are you irritable with everyone?
- Do you feel like your emotions are on a roller coaster - crying, feelings of hopelessness or guilt?
- Do you feel like you are losing your mind?
- Are you often confused and feel like you can't concentrate or make decisions?
- Do you feel like you're not the mother you want to be? Or fear being alone with your baby?
- Do you feel like your baby would be better off without you or have other frightening thoughts?
Talking to an objective, knowledgeable parenting specialist who can listen and offer feedback and support can help you make sense out of your experience and become the parent you want to be.
To get started, call us at 206-524-9055. You may also search for a therapist by location, specialty or name.
Wellspring Counseling also offers a one hour in-person presentation about postpartum issues to groups or organizations. For more information, email us.