You are not alone. You are not to blame. You will get better.
Are you feeling sad or depressed?
Do you feel more irritable or angry with those around you?
Are you having difficulty bonding with your baby?
Do you feel anxious or panicky?
Are you having problems with eating or sleeping?
Are you having upsetting thoughts that you can’t get out of your mind?
Do you feel as if you are “out of control” or “going crazy”?
Do you feel like you never should have become a mother?
Are you worried that you might hurt your baby or yourself?
Any of these symptoms, and many more, could indicate that you have a form of perinatal mood or anxiety disorder, such as postpartum depression. While many women experience some mild mood changes during or after the birth of a child, 15 to 20% of women experience more significant symptoms of depression or anxiety. Symptoms can appear any time during pregnancy and the first 12 months after childbirth. There are effective and well-researched treatment options to help you recover. Although the term “postpartum depression” is most often used, there are actually several forms of illness that women may experience, including: Pregnancy and Postpartum Depression, Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety, Pregnancy and Postpartum OCD, Bipolar Disorders, Postpartum Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Postpartum Psychosis. Please know that with informed care you can prevent a worsening of these symptoms and can fully recover. There is no reason to continue to suffer. (Postpartum Support International)
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Postpartum Support International Miami, an initiative of Postpartum Support International Florida, is uniting care providers and families in Miami-Dade county to close the gaps in maternal mental health care for pregnant and postpartum women. Please find links to our trusted and vetted providers for immediate care and please call our warmline 1-844-MIA-MOMS to get addiitonal information and support.