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How to Release Postpartum and Peripartum Depression?

Peripartum Depression

Depression that develops during pregnancy or right after giving birth is referred to as “peripartum depression”. The term “peripartum” acknowledges the fact that depression is related to having a baby and it frequently starts during pregnancy.

Most women feel that having a baby is a jumble of powerful emotions, ranging from pleasure and excitement to fear and anxiety. But it may also lead to depression, which one might not expect. For women who are experiencing peripartum (formerly known as postpartum) depression, it may be a highly stressful and difficult period.

Peripartum depression is a severe but curable medical condition. During this period, energy changes, sleep, and appetite are also disturbed, as well as emotions of intense sadness, apathy, and worry can escalate. Peripartum depression affects one in seven women, according to estimates, Peripartum Psychiatry can help in recovering from such disease.

However, after giving birth some new mothers might experience “baby blues” which commonly include mood swings, crying episodes, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping. The first two to three days after delivery are usually when baby blues start, and they can continue for up to two weeks. The two conditions are distinct from one another. Peripartum depression is a more severe, chronic form of depression that some new moms may experience.

Untreated peripartum depression affects the mother’s health and quality of life, but it can also have an effect on the baby. Children of moms with peripartum depression are more likely to experience cognitive, emotional, verbal, developmental, and social problems in the long run.

peripartum depression

What are the symptoms of peripartum depression?

Peripartum depression symptoms include:

  • Depressed mood
  • Severe mood swings
  • Excessive crying
  • Hard bonding with a newborn
  • Loss of pleasure or interest in once-enjoyed activities
  • Loss of appetite or eating much more than usual
  • Inability to sleep or excessive sleeping
  • Extreme fatigue or energy loss
  • Distancing from friends and relatives
  • Lack of care or interest in the baby
  • Having severe anxiety about/around the baby
  • Having feelings of being a bad mother
  • Fear of harming the baby or oneself
  • Feelings of worthlessness, shame, or guilt
  • Restlessness
  • Having trouble thinking, concentrating, or making decisions
  • Persistent suicidal or dead thoughts
  • Crying “without a cause”

These symptoms are frequently present in peripartum-depressed women, and both the frequency and intensity of the symptoms might vary. The first sign of peripartum depression must appear during pregnancy or during the first four weeks after birth.

symptoms of peripartum depression

Does postpartum depression also affect new fathers?

New fathers can also experience postpartum depression. They face the same symptoms that postpartum depressed women encounter which include feeling sad or tired, feeling anxious, or changing their regular eating and sleeping schedules.

Postpartum depression is most usually common among young dads, those with a history of depression, people who struggle with relationships, and people who are financially unstable.  Postpartum depression in fathers ― sometimes called paternal postpartum depression ― can have the same negative effect on relationships and child development as postpartum depression in mothers can.

Who Is at Risk?

Any new mother (or gestational carrier/surrogate) can experience symptoms of peripartum depression or other mood disorders. If a woman has had depression or another mood disorder in the past (or if it runs in her family), if she is going through other stressful life events in addition to her pregnancy she is more likely to experience depression during or after pregnancy.


When should I see a doctor?

You should speak with your doctor if

  • You have been experiencing a few of the above signs for more than two weeks
  • You’ve considered harming yourself, your kid, or taking your own life.
  • Your emotions of depression are becoming worse
  • You are finding it difficult to take care of your baby and do everyday duties
treatments are available for peripartum depression

What treatments are available for peripartum depression?

Many women may suffer in silence, dismissing their problems as a normal aspect of pregnancy and childbirth and failing to get proper help.  It’s crucial to receive treatment for depression throughout pregnancy. Better awareness and knowledge can lead to better results for mothers and their newborn babies.

Postpartum depression can be treated with psychotherapy (talk therapy), medication, dietary modifications, lifestyle changes, social support, or a combination of these, just like other kinds of depression.

American Psychological Association (APA) states that when depression or anxiety is mild, psychotherapy without medication is recommended as the first line of treatment for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Antidepressant medication should be taken into consideration as the first line of treatment for women who have moderate to severe depression or anxiety.

Antidepressant options during pregnancy:

  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs): Talk to your doctor, but be aware that some SSRIs have been linked to a rare but severe lung issue in newborn
  • Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
  • Bupropion (Wellbutrin)
  • Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs)

The risks and benefits of medication should be discussed with a doctor by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. The choice should be taken after carefully weighing the possible risks and benefits of therapy vs. no treatment for the mother’s, the unborn child’s, and/or the nursing newborn’s or infant’s health.

How friends, family, and partners may support women with peripartum depression?

It is crucial to have strong support from your spouse, family, and friends. Here are some ideas for supportive actions from loved ones:

Recognize the Signs. Learn to see the symptoms of anxiety and depression, and if you notice them, suggest that she visit a doctor.

Do not ignore Her. Tell her you want to have a look at her concerns.

Support Her. Let her know you are here to support her and that she is not alone. Consider offering to watch the infant while she rests or assist her with home chores.

Encourage her to get assistance if needed. She could feel uneasy and decide against asking for help. Encourage her to consult a medical professional.

Novus Beginning Psychiatry: Your Path to Health and Wellness Starts Here!

We understand that navigating the complexities of mental health can feel overwhelming, but you don’t have to face it alone. At Novus Beginning Psychiatry, we’re here to support you every step of the way. Whether you’re seeking therapymedication, or a combination of both, our compassionate professionals are dedicated to helping you find the path to a happier, healthier life.

Our highly skilled psychiatrists are experienced in a wide range of mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorderOCDPTSDADHDautism, different types of trauma, and more. We offer evidence-based therapies that have been proven effective in helping individuals overcome their challenges. From cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to couples/family therapy, we utilize the most up-to-date techniques to empower you on your healing journey.

We also recognize that medication is vital in managing certain psychological health conditions. Our team includes Dr. Nibras, who is a board-certified psychiatrist well-versed in medication management. He works closely with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan, as we believe in the power of personalized care.

So, take the first step towards a brighter future. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. Our friendly staff is ready to assist you in finding a convenient time to meet with our dedicated professionals. Call (832)856-4718 and let us help you take charge of your mental well-being.

Medication Management For Psychiatric Wellness

At Novus Beginning Psychiatry, we’re dedicated to helping you unlock the power of effective medication management. Our team of psychiatrists has years of experience and understands the importance of finding the right balance for your mental health journey. We offer personalized and compassionate care, creating medication plans that are tailored to your unique needs. Our understanding of psychopharmacology allows us to provide the most advanced and evidence-based treatments available. 

Our goal is to help you by providing the right medications to enhance your therapy outcomes, reduce your symptoms, and improve your overall well-being. We want to be your trusted partner on the path to a brighter future. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at Novus Beginning Psychiatry to experience the transformative effects of our comprehensive medication management approach.

Who is Dr. Nibras?

Dr. Sohail Nibras is a double board-certified psychiatrist in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. He completed his education at Saint Louis University and the American University of Integrative Science. He excels in treatments based on psychiatric care and therapeutic sessions and has experience treating dual psychiatric and substance use disorders. He is an assistant professor at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He serves as an attending psychiatrist at Texas Children’s Hospital. He trains future psychiatrists and engages in scholarly research projects.

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