Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety and Depression

Hormonal, physical, emotional, and relationship changes are among the many variables that contribute to anxiety and depression in pregnant and postpartum women. Therapists at CBTDenver have specialized training in working with mothers and mothers-to-be. Treatment focuses on concrete skills to manage anxiety and depression, exploring role transitions and relationships, and navigating the stresses of being a new parent.

Postpartum Depression:

Postpartum depression is a subtype of Major Depressive Disorder that occurs following childbirth. The weeks following childbirth and following weaning are particular times of vulnerability. Anxiety is a common feature of postpartum depression but other symptoms may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Inability to sleep or sleeping excessively
  • Extreme concern and worry about the baby or a lack of interest in the baby
  • Anger toward the baby, your partner, or other family members
  • Worries about harming your baby
  • Irritability
  • Excessive crying
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering
  • Feelings of doubt, guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, or restlessness
  • Lethargy or extreme fatigue
  • Loss of interest in hobbies or other usual activities
  • Feeling emotionally numb
  • Frequent calls to the pediatrician with an inability to be reassured
  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide
  • Obsessive-compulsive features, including intrusive, repetitive thoughts and anxiety

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