Postpartum Depression

Pre and Postpartum Depression also commonly referred to as Perinatal and Postnatal depression (PPD) can happen to any woman, no matter what age, cultural, educational, religious, or socioeconomic background. PPD goes beyond the “baby blues” or hormonal mood swings that can occur during pregnancy and after delivery.

Some of the common depressive symptoms and emotional struggles often experienced by women with postpartum depression include:

  • Intense dislike of the experience of pregnancy and/or motherhood itself
  • Loss of personal or self-identity
  • Anxiety and trauma brought on by previous difficult deliveries or from feeling overwhelmed
  • Feelings of incompetence or insecurity about not measuring to her own or society’s standards of being “a good mother”
  • Mental confusion
  • Emotional instability and suicidal thoughts

The symptoms of PPD can start immediately after giving birth or come on suddenly weeks or months after delivery and can last for many months if left untreated. Maternal depression impacts the mental and physical well-being of both mothers and their growing babies.

ENJOY MOTHERHOOD WITHOUT THE DEPRESSION CLOUD

I teach women skills that they can transition into parenthood. Some of these skills include creating a healthy attachment to baby, adjusting to personal and life changes, grieving the losses associated with becoming a parent, establishing healthy ways to communicate appropriately with other children in the home about lifestyle changes which include mom’s behavior and emotions.

A major component of treatment is psychoeducation about PPD. The process to recovery includes practical, non-judgmental, and effective ways that husbands, family members, and friends can use in your support and become part of the healing process.

You are not alone. With a little help you will get through this! Please contact me now for a free phone consultation and to schedule an appointment to get started with your recovery.



672 W. 11th Street, Suite 100
Tracy, CA 95376

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(209) 834-4302
Fax: 209-225-2260

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