Postpartum Depression

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 be able to cope successfully.  At the time my first daughter was born, I typically worked about 100 hours a week as an ob/gyn resident, and the prospect of keeping that up while breast feeding and learning to be a mother felt overwhelming.  

 

I realize now how lucky I was that my temporary postpartum blues did not develop into full fledged depression.  This perspective has always stayed with me, and helps me have empathy for the many pregnant patients I care for now.  I can certainly relate to the  real stress that comes along with the birth of a child.

 

While I am sure many are aware of the fact that postpartum depression is most likely to develop in women with a history of depression and socioeconomic hardship.  Many people may not be aware of the  link between postpartum depression and a history of sexual violence that scientists have begun to explore.  Gottlieb and colleagues studied 300 women who had recently delivered and found that women with a history of sexual abuse were 2-3 times more likely to suffer from postpartum depression and 4 times more likely to have poorer sexual functioning postpartum as compared to women who did not experience sexual assault. Kendall-Tacked et al looked at over 6,000 women and also found that new mothers with a history of sexual assault  were significantly more likely to experience depression and sleep disturbances in the first year of motherhood.  Interestingly, breastfeeding was protective against depressive symptoms for mother's with a history of sexual assault. 

 

 

Unfortunately many women do not reach out for help during this time.  Seeking help for mental health can be intimidating for most people, so much so they do not get the help that they need. As a clinician I often recommend online services for my patients who are fearful of going to a therapist in person.  Online services can be more convenient, more private, and some are more economical than traditional in person one on one therapy.  

 

Some symptoms of Postpartum depression:

  • Difficulty bonding with your baby
  • Excessive crying
  • Recurrent thoughts of suicide or death
  • Feelings of shame, guilt, worthlessness
  • Fear that you’re not a good mother
  • Loss of appetite
  • Eating much more than normal
  • Loss of sleep
  • Sleeping too much
  • Panic attacks or anxiety
  • Fatigue or lack or energy

 

Online therapeutic resources:

 

 https://mentalverdure.com (Dr. Michael Lambert is the CEO founder/clinician of mental verdure. He is an expert in serving victims of trauma and specializes in care for people of diverse backgrounds)

 

Postpartum help international: http://www.postpartum.net

 Support Helpline: 800.944.4PPD (4773)

 

https://www.7cups.com- offers online low-cost therapy they offer a  3 day free trial.

 

https://www.reachout.life- ( join a supportive online community for chronic mental and physical illnesses) 

 

https://www.thetrevorproject.org/#sm.0001f2nut10yvd3trp8137ytw26hd (The trevor project is a good online mental health resource for LGBTQ youth) 

 

Dial 211-  This will put you in contact with an expert on the mental health reassures in your local area. while most states have this service not all states have coverage. North Carolina is covered. 

 

1-800-656-4673- National sexual assault hotline

(1-800-273-TALK)- free line of crisis situations