New mothers will always be concerned about whether they’re raising their child correctly. When that happens, some new mothers can experience depression. When that happens, they need to be aware of the signs of postpartum depression and what to expect. Some women will experience relatively mild postpartum depression symptoms, while others will experience severe symptoms that affect their ability to care for their children. Postpartum depression treatment helps women get through their depression and enjoy the joys of motherhood.
At Crestview Recovery, we support young mothers who are struggling with postpartum depression in our beautiful treatment facility in Portland. Depending on the severity of the symptoms involved, we offer inpatient and outpatient treatment programs with telehealth options for women who can’t make it to our facility. Women work one-on-one and in group sessions with a behavioral therapist to talk about their feelings, develop healthy coping skills, and bond with the other mothers. Reach out to our friendly staff today by calling 866.262.0531 for more information about our postpartum depression treatment program.
What is Postpartum Depression?
Depression in new mothers is very common after childbirth. The Baby Blues are a mild form of postpartum depression and include crying spells, mood swings, and other symptoms. They typically only last from a few days to one or two weeks. Postpartum depression symptoms are more severe and can last several months, and negatively impact the mother and child.
The most common postpartum depression symptoms include:
- Excessive crying
- Severe depression
- Difficulty bonding with your baby
- Loss of appetite
- Severe anxiety and panic attacks
At Crestview Recovery, our team has experience treating postpartum depression symptoms for women from all walks of life. We take the time to get to know each of our new mothers and create a treatment plan based on the severity of their symptoms.
6 Signs of Postpartum Depression
Postpartum depression typically begins a few weeks after childbirth as your body begins to recover after giving birth. In some cases, postpartum depression can start before childbirth or up to one year after. If you think you are suffering from postpartum depression, the best thing you can do for yourself and your child is to enroll in a postpartum depression treatment program.
Here are six signs of postpartum depression that indicate you need help:
1. The Baby Blues don’t go away
Mild depression symptoms are common after childbirth. If they persist for more than two weeks and worsen, women can talk with a certified behavioral therapist who specializes in postpartum depression.
2. Consumed with guilt or sadness
New mothers can experience overwhelming sadness, excessive crying, and hopelessness.
3. Losing interest
Women may feel a lack of interest in the things they used to enjoy, such as exercise, eating healthy, or spending time with loved ones.
4. Trouble making decisions
New mothers can feel tired, confused, or overwhelmed due to trouble sleeping. It can make decision-making nearly impossible and impact their ability to care for their baby.
5. Worrying about not being a good mother
All mothers worry about being a good mom, but sometimes that worrying can cause them to neglect their child for fear they may do something wrong.
6. Thoughts of suicide
In some extreme cases, new mothers will contemplate suicide or other self-harming behavior. This is a sign of postpartum psychosis, a rare and serious mental health illness.
Crestview Recovery Offers Women Compassionate Postpartum Depression Treatment in Portland
At Crestview Recovery, we work with women 18 and over who have given birth and need help with their postpartum depression symptoms. Depression in new mothers is very common and is treatable through a combination of behavioral and holistic therapies. In severe cases, medication-assisted treatment is available to reduce the symptoms that are threatening their health and well-being.
If you have trouble bonding with your baby due to depression, help is available today. Call 866.262.0531 to speak with our compassionate staff about enrolling in our postpartum depression treatment program.
Since 2016, Dr. Merle Williamson, a graduate of Oregon Health Sciences University, has been the Medical Director at Crestview Recovery, bringing a rich background in addiction medicine from his time at Hazelden Treatment Center. He oversees outpatient drug and alcohol treatments, providing medical care, setting policies, detox protocols, and quality assurance measures. Before specializing in addiction medicine, he spent 25 years in anesthesiology, serving as Chair of Hospital Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Chief of Anesthesia at Kaiser Permanente. This experience gives him a unique perspective on treating prescription drug addiction.