Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Depression

Fraser Valley Treatment Centre, or FVTC, provides postpartum depression therapy and treatment when a new mother, or father, is severely depressed, exhausted and overwhelmed. We are a fully licensed, private treatment centre in Abbotsford, BC. Fraser Valley Treatment Centre offers reasonable rates on treatment programs for postpartum depression.

Postpartum depression is a type of depression that may start during pregnancy, or up to one year after childbirth. Typically postpartum depression appears around 4 to 6 weeks after giving birth, and it is not likely to improve without intervention. It is not unusual to be sad or tearful in the weeks after childbirth. However, when symptoms become unrelenting and severe it is an indication of postpartum depression.

Postpartum Depression Symptoms

Postpartum depression can be incorrectly labelled as baby blues initially, but the signs and symptoms are more extreme and long-lasting, possibly interfering with the ability to care for the baby and manage other household tasks. Anxiety, feeling less attractive, a loss of identity and feeling out of control also contribute to postpartum depression.

Postpartum depression isn’t a personality defect or a weakness, but a complication of childbirth. Immediate intervention can help cope with symptoms, enabling bonding with baby. After giving birth, a substantial drop in hormones (estrogen and progesterone) in the body can be a factor in postpartum depression.

Here are some signs and symptoms of postpartum depression:

  • Depression and-or severe mood swings
  • Crying for no apparent reason
  • Failure to bond with baby
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Change of appetite – lack of appetite or eating a lot more than usual
  • Inability to sleep or over sleeping
  • Extreme fatigue, loss of energy
  • Loss of interest and enjoyment in activities
  • Severe irritability and/or anger
  • Intense anxiety over being a good mother
  • Feelings of uselessness, shame, guilt and-or inadequacy
  • Inability to think clearly, concentrate or make decisions
  • Agitation, impatience
  • Acute anxiety and panic attacks
  • Thoughts of harming themselves and-or the baby
  • Recurring ideas of death or suicide

It is imperative to keep in mind that postpartum depression is no one’s fault. Postpartum depression is a medical condition that is treatable. Without help, postpartum depression can last months or even years.

When to Seek Postpartum Depression Therapy

Baby blues usually only last up to a week or two after giving birth and can range in severity. If symptoms last longer and are unrelenting, intervention from a health professional can ease postpartum depression symptoms, as well as help it pass more quickly. Treatment will often include a combination of medications and counselling. If the factors above are persistent or becoming more extreme, it would be prudent to seek depression therapy.

If you or a loved one is in need of therapy for depression, give us a call. A Fraser Valley Treatment Centre facilitator can answer any questions and guide you through the therapy process. We also offer the option where you can schedule a free PHONE CONSULTATION on therapy for postpartum depression.