Postpartum Depression Therapy Psychiatrist in Los Angeles and Glendale CA
Those who suffer from postpartum depression are more likely to have serious depression later in life. Insomnia, loss of appetite, irritability, and trouble bonding with the newborn are all possible symptoms. Contact Psychiatry Unplugged. Our psychiatrist, Dr. Soroya Bacchus, MD., and her team can bring a positive change to your personality. We have convenient locations to serve you in Los Angeles CA and Glendale, CA. For more information, call us or book an appointment online.
Peripartum Depression (formerly Post Partum)
Peripartum depression is depression that occurs during pregnancy or after childbirth. The term peripartum takes into account that postpartum depression often begins during pregnancy.
Peripartum depression is common with 1 out of 7 new mothers suffering.
What are the warning signs of peripartum depression?
- Not sleeping when the baby sleeps.
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Being unable to find joy in anything
- Crying spells
- Feeling hopeless or helpless
- Regrets about having a baby
- Worried about taking care of herself or the baby
- Preoccupations about harm to the baby, breastfeeding, or baby’s health even when doctor’s advice says otherwise
- Thoughts of harm to self or infant.
- History of depression with mother
- New mothers not taking or stopping medications for mental health.
Once identified peripartum depression is treatable. Alleviating stress, identifying family or outside resources to lessen care burden and “new baby” routine can be particularly helpful. Dr Soroya Bacchus has special expertise in this area as a board certified consultation liaison psychiatrist.
Medications can alleviate symptoms quickly, so psychotherapy techniques for coping and feeling better are learned and incorporated for relief from thought distortions, emotional nihilism, and management of difficult behaviors like insomnia.
There are new developments-medications on the horizon that are currently pending FDA approval. These drugs belong to a class of medications called neuroactive steroids that can resolve peripartum depression in as little as 14 days.
For more information about peripartum depression, schedule a consultation with us today.