Postpartum Support International has declared May National Maternal Depression Awareness Month. What are the signs of postpartum depression (PPD) and anxiety? According to Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH,“Women with PPD usually have low mood, prominent anxiety and worry, disrupted sleep, feelings of being overwhelmed, and can also feel very guilty that they are not enjoying their experience of motherhood.” However, PPD can look different in every woman. To read more about PPD, check out “5 Damaging Myths About Postpartum Depression.”
If you think you may be experiencing PPD, don’t delay seeking help. Counseling can help build coping skills for postpartum depression, provide emotional support, and assist with parenting questions and concerns.