Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Depression services offered in Timonium, MD

Many women experience mood swings and anxiety in the days and weeks after giving birth. For some, severe mental health symptoms are a sign of postpartum depression. Treating this serious condition requires professional care, like the services offered by Munachim Uyanwune, M.D., and the team at MIU Center in Timonium, Maryland. If you’re concerned for yourself or a loved one, schedule a visit online or by phone to learn more.

Postpartum Depression Q & A

How do I know if I’m experiencing postpartum depression?

Welcoming a new baby into the family is exciting but can also be incredibly stressful. Not only does a new baby change the family dynamics, but pregnancy and childbirth place considerable strain on your body. 

Some indications of postpartum depression include:

  • Severe mood swings
  • Inability to concentrate or think clearly
  • Persistent crying or emotional turmoil
  • Sleeping more or less than usual
  • Feeling fatigued
  • Difficulty bonding with your baby
  • Feelings of inadequacy or worthlessness
  • Anxiety or panic attacks

If you develop thoughts of harming yourself or your baby, it is a medical emergency that should prompt a call for immediate medical attention. 

Why is it essential to treat postpartum depression?

Bonding with your little one is important for both you and your baby. Postpartum depression can interfere with this special time, and the guilt that follows can be overwhelming. 

Many symptoms, like sleep disruptions or changes in your eating habits, can cause other health issues that only worsen matters. If you begin to experience anxiety or depression, you have fewer emotional resources left to care for yourself or your child. 

Far too many women try to “wait it out.” While a couple of weeks of mood swings and adjustments are perfectly normal, extreme symptoms or lingering problems should prompt you to seek help. 

What are some treatment options for postpartum depression?

Some new mothers benefit from medication to help them navigate postpartum depression. Others find talk therapy a great way to navigate this challenging time.

For women with existing mental health issues, medication management is essential. Having a trusted mental health practitioner review your drug therapy to determine if it is still meeting your needs ensures you are supported. 

Recent research suggests that mothers who do not find relief from postpartum depression through traditional treatment can benefit from transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). This option requires no medication and can be a good fit for breastfeeding mothers.

When you’re ready to learn more, call or click to schedule a time to come to MIU Center for a face-to-face visit. Ongoing treatment needs can be addressed through telemedicine visits.