Postnatal depression, or ‘postpartum depression’ (PPD), as the name implies, describes ongoing low mood after childbirth, which is a time of significant hormonal fluctuation and change. Many women may experience ‘baby blues’ around the third day after giving birth. This can be expressed as weepiness, sadness and feelings of inadequacy. New mothers may become suddenly overwhelmed by the task and responsibility ahead of them. Fortunately, the majority of women overcome this and the baby blues become a distant memory.
For some women, however, the feelings of fear, anxiety and inadequacy are never totally resolved, and the new mother finds it difficult to rejoice in her motherhood. Guilt and depression are constant feelings she may experience if she has postnatal depression, and the underlying hormonal changes and fluctuations may continue for a period of months or even years.
The emotional effects of postnatal depression can include:
- Sleep deprivation
- Low energy
- Feeling inadequate with taking care of child
- Identity crisis
- Low self-esteem
- Decreased sex drive.
How do we treat Postnatal Depression?
At the Marion Gluck Clinic we frequently see patients who have been diagnosed with postnatal depression and who may have been on antidepressant medication unsuccessfully. As postnatal depression occurs during times of hormonal change, we treat the symptoms by balancing our patients’ hormones with naturally occurring, bio-identical hormones tailored to their specific needs. When this is done successfully, the result is positive mood, increased energy and vitality, and reduced anxiety.