PostPartum Mood Disorders (PMD) of Depression or Anxiety
Guilt, shame & confusion? Every hour, some women need support before or after postpartum due to depression or anxiety.
Postpartum depression or anxiety affects 1 in 9 women worldwide. It is an up-and-coming health epidemic. Highly sensitive women are experiencing emotions surrounding postpartum MD but not getting the help they need because of shame or embarrassment. They feel shame or embarrassment because women believed that "motherhood should be a blissful time and that they need to be strong" and they are not feeling it!
Whether online or in-office counseling, your first step to help is talking to someone who listens without judgment. Florecer Family Counseling therapists are here for you, so no mom should feel alone in this journey. We're here regardless of where you are.
Our counseling practices an integrative approach to therapy that involves addressing the whole person including the mind, body, and soul. We encourage mothers in their treatment instilling hope and providing the support they need. We'll be with you every step of the way and will actively work with you to find solutions to your concerns.
When mothers want to integrate their Christian faith, our therapists will show interest in mother's spiritual journey, seek to understand their relationship with God, and examine how their faith impacts various areas of their lives. Christian therapy's aims to provide a holistic care by addressing not only mental health concerns but also helping mothers deepen their connection with their spirituality.
Symptoms of Postpartum Mood Disorder - Depression and/or Anxiety
Here’s what you need to know about postpartum depression.
Postpartum mood disorder can feel like the end of the world. Moms may constantly have these thoughts running through their minds, "I've never felt so tired, sad, hopeless and unhappy." "I don't enjoy anything anymore. I want to be happy! "I don't want anything bad happening to this little one." "Am I doing this right?" "I don't want to mess up." I wanted to be a mother, why am I not enjoying it as I though I would!"
Women experience so many changes during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum that causes them to experience mood changes as well. They experience changes on their bodies, hormones, emotions, increased responsibilities, changes in their routines...Then, of course, there are the pressures of postpartum and are feeling: overwhelmed, isolated, criticized and controlled by the people closest to them. How do you cope?
That is what women with this condition go through. Therapists at Florecer Family Counseling offer women a stable environment to resolve common issues. Some of the areas we address in therapy for women experiencing postpartum are: Normalizing how they are feeling, self-care, attending to their needs, learning to manage their emotions, correcting believes about motherhood, communication skills, and learning to set healthy boundaries.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR FIRST SESSION
During your initial session, you and your therapist will have the opportunity to work together to begin to understand what is really going on in your world. Your therapist will get to know you by asking questions about your unique concerns. She’ll help you identify what you want to work on in therapy. Together you will start to develop a plan that will assist you to reach your goals and discuss how you would like to integrate your faith, culture, and values in treatment. This will help you individualize your experience and have a sense that your personal story is well understood and in return, you can feel confident that you are in the right place.
If you are ready to receive help so you can lighten this load and blossom in motherhood, request a free consultation today!