Postpartum Depression Information

Teresa M. Anderson, M.D. -  - Psychiatrist

Teresa M. Anderson, M.D.

Psychiatrist located in Madisonville, Cincinnati, OH

If you’ve recently had a baby, you may feel sad, empty, or disconnected from yourself or your baby. If these feelings persist for more than a couple of weeks, you may be suffering from postpartum depression, a widespread form of depression that affects 1 in 9 new mothers. Teresa M. Anderson, MD, a leading psychiatrist in Cincinnati, diagnoses and treats postpartum depression with medication, ketamine infusion therapy, personalized repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (PrTMS™), and psychotherapy. Don’t be ashamed of your feelings. Call Teresa M. Anderson, M.D., Inc., or schedule a consultation online today for compassionate and effective care for postpartum depression.

Postpartum Depression Q & A

What is postpartum depression?

Feeling blue after you have a baby is normal. Your hormone levels change dramatically after giving birth, which can trigger some mood changes. However, the baby blues usually subside within a few days as you get used to your regular hormone levels. Postpartum depression lasts for much longer, and you may experience symptoms such as:

  • Feeling sad, hopeless, or overwhelmed
  • Frequent crying spells
  • Thoughts of harming the baby or yourself
  • Lack of interest in the baby
  • Low energy or fatigue
  • Memory problems
  • Indecisiveness
  • Feeling like a failure or a bad mother
  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Physical symptoms like headaches and stomach problems

Postpartum depression is a serious mental health condition that can disrupt your life and your family. While you may feel ashamed of your feelings or embarrassed that you’re not in love with motherhood or your baby, it’s critical that you talk to a professional like Dr. Anderson and get the help you need to recover.

What causes postpartum depression?

When you’re pregnant, you have extraordinarily high levels of progesterone and estrogen. After you deliver your baby, your hormone levels plummet back to normal levels. This significant hormonal change can trigger the baby blues and postpartum depression. Giving birth also reduces your thyroid activity, which can also lead to depression symptoms.

In addition to all the hormonal fluctuations, new mothers face a barrage of lifestyle changes, feelings, and fears that contribute to postpartum depression. For example, you usually don’t get sufficient sleep, you may feel overwhelmed by the needs of your new baby, and may have unrealistic expectations about motherhood.

The important thing is to ask for help. Taking care of a new baby is challenging enough when you feel great. You also need to take care of yourself, including getting treatment for postpartum depression.

How is postpartum depression treated?

Dr. Anderson begins treatment with an assessment. During your evaluation, you talk about your symptoms, personal and family medical history, and your overall health and wellness. If Dr. Anderson diagnoses you with postpartum depression, she’ll recommend a treatment plan to both relieve your symptoms and help you resolve any fears or worries you have about motherhood, or anything else, that contribute to your condition.

For example, she may prescribe an antidepressant, ketamine infusion therapy, or PrTMS™ to regulate your brain chemistry and relieve your symptoms. She may prescribe psychotherapy to explore and resolve any underlying concerns.

If you’re struggling with postpartum depression, call Teresa M. Anderson, M.D., Inc., or make an appointment online for compassionate, customized care.