Postpartum depression appears after up to 15% of childbirths, causing concerns, guilt, and tearfulness about caring for a new baby. Andrea D. Skrocki, NP, provides telepsychiatry services across the state of Colorado to provide the compassionate care you need to manage your postpartum depression. Call her office in Denver, Colorado, to schedule a telepsychiatry visit or book online today.
Postpartum depression is a type of depression, a highly common mental health disorder. This particular depression appears shortly after you give birth as you go through the major life transition of becoming a mother.
While having a baby is understandably a huge life change that uproots your prior routine, postpartum depression does not affect everyone who gives birth. However, it can cause you to struggle to keep up with caring for your new baby.
If you experience symptoms of postpartum depression that don’t subside naturally within a few days or weeks, professional care is available. Andrea provides a 50-60 minute telehealth evaluation to diagnose you and start planning treatment.
Most new mothers experience a period of “baby blues” as they adjust to a new routine after bringing home a new baby. If your tearfulness and anxiety last two weeks or longer, those feelings may have evolved into postpartum depression.
Postpartum depression includes many of the same symptoms as regular major depression. You might experience:
Although some symptoms of postpartum depression may feel shameful or downright disturbing, there is no shame in seeking the help you need. In many cases, symptoms are worsened by other factors outside your control, like a lack of support or pregnancy complications.
Andrea evaluates the severity of your depressive symptoms after childbirth to develop an individualized care plan for you. Her recommendations might include the following:
As a nurse practitioner, Andrea can prescribe antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications as she sees fit. These medications can regulate your mind’s function. She helps you consider your options in the context of your lifestyle, including whether or not you’re breastfeeding.
Psychotherapy or counseling can make an immense difference in how you feel as you go through any major life transition, including giving birth. Cognitive behavioral therapy is commonly used for postpartum depression.
Support groups put you in contact with other people who share similar experiences and can help you gain more insight into your condition and coping skills.
Call Andrea or schedule a telepsychiatry visit to address your postpartum depression symptoms today.