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Postpartum depression is one of the most common health risks that can affect a mother following the birth of a child. The Hadden Clinic at Hanna Perkins offers effective treatment for this and other related issues, known collectively as Postpartum Mood & Anxiety Disorders (PMAD).
Up to 80% of new mothers suffer some symptoms that are usually referred to as the Baby Blues. But as many as 1-in-5 new mothers experience more severe symptoms that should be evaluated and possibly treated as postpartum anxiety or depression.
A combination of group support and individual counseling/therapy has been demonstrated to be particularly effective in helping mothers suffering from postpartum depression and related disorders. Hadden Clinic provides these services with specialists in this underserved practice area.
For more information about the Hadden Clinic, including insurance coverages, visit the Hadden Clinic for Children & Families.
Symptoms linked with anxiety disorders:
- Concern about being alone with your child due to scary thoughts or fears of things in your house that could cause harm.
- Racing thoughts that refuse to let you settle down, and which create a strong urge to keep moving.
- Physical symptoms such as stomach aches, headaches and shakiness.
- A sense of dread, as if something terrible is going to happen.
- Fear of reaching out for help because your child may be taken from you.
Symptoms linked with depression:
- Changes in sleep or eating patterns (i.e. sleeping or eating more or less than normal).
- Thoughts of hurting yourself or your child.
- Feelings of emptiness and a lack of interest in activities that you typically enjoy.
- Feeling angry, irritated or resentful toward your child and/or partner.
- Not feeling bonded to your child, or feeling guilty about the feelings you have toward your child.