National Maternal Depression Month
posted: May 17, 2021.
May recognizes Mental health awareness! This month acknowledges National Maternal Depression. Traditionally, in May we recognize Mother’s Day by showering Mother’s, Guardians, and Mother figures with gifts of appreciation for the dedication and love that has been selflessly given. This month also exemplifies the hardships that Mothers may struggle with. One of the main struggles of Maternal Depression is Post-Partum Depression.
Post-Partum Depression (PPD) is depression that occurs after childbirth. According to Alliance OB/GYN, symptoms might include anxiety, insomnia, loss of appetite, intense irritability, and difficulty bonding with the baby. Once this condition develops, the Mother is at greater risk of developing Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) in the future if untreated. Untreated, the condition may last months or longer. If the symptoms have lasted for 12 months or more, the Mother may require clinical condition.
What can a Mother do to assure she and baby’s health and wellness? According to Alliance OB/GYN, if the Mother is feeling unsettled and/or unsafe in her thoughts and emotions she should:
- Reach out to your mental health specialist. If you do not have one consult with your insurance company to help you locate a provider that takes your insurance in your area.
- Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
- Reach out to a close friend or loved one.
- Seek help from your Obstetrician, Midwife, primary care doctor, or other physician that you feel comfortable with.
- If you are involved in a faith-based community, reach out to your minister, priest, or spiritual leader.
These measures can assist with overall mental, physical, and spiritual wellness! If you are experiencing any of the flowing symptoms and believe that you are unsafe with your thoughts and feelings, reach out to your Therapist for guidance and support. We are always here to help!