Are You Struggling With Your Emotions And The Demands Of A New Baby?

 

  • Is nursing and caring for your new baby’s ongoing needs while trying to maintain a normal routine causing you to feel overwhelmed, frustrated, resentful, numb or tearful?
  • Are you struggling to fall asleep, stay awake or maintain a sleep schedule that works with your baby’s difficult schedule?
  • Do you often feel guilty, isolated or wonder if something wrong with you?
  • Are stress and exhaustion causing you to resent your baby, spouse or home?
  • Do you wish you could experience the same kind of love and glow you see in other new mothers as they care for their infants?

Acclimating to the demands of a new baby can be a challenging, frustrating and surprisingly lonely experience. You may find yourself increasingly overwhelmed by your baby’s needs and crying, which leave little time for you to take care of your own needs. Maybe you’re tired of feeling isolated and alone with the baby and possibly other young children throughout the day, but simultaneously feel uncomfortable socializing with other moms or sharing your feelings with your partner. This lack of connection and community – including time away from your professional career – can leave you feeling lonely and sad at a time when you most need support. Do you wish you could understand why you feel so bad, let go of guilt, stress and unhappiness and enjoy this time with your baby?

Many Women Struggle With Postpartum Depression

If you are feeling perpetually sad, frustrated, guilty or even angry after having a baby, you are not alone. All women experience psychological and physical changes after giving birth. And, while the movies and media paint the picture that women – and their husbands – are only supposed to feel happy after having a new baby, studies show 10 percent of women are diagnosed with the baby blues or postpartum depression every year. Furthermore, studies also suggest that up to 30 percent of new mothers struggle with postpartum depression but go undiagnosed. Many women don’t understand why they feel so bad. They experience guilt over not being elated by their new baby and fear that sharing their depression experience – even with their doctor, close friends or partner – will lead to judgment and increased isolation.

New mothers face a variety of physical factors that contribute to depression, including a lack of sleep and an extreme imbalance in hormones that can last up to one year. Some women also struggle with a predisposition to depression, perhaps having dealt with it in the past. Even though having a child is a happy event, it can also bring up a lot of issues that leave you feeling overwhelmed or afraid. Being a new mother or adding a new baby to your family might be triggering intense anxiety. You may worry that you won’t have any happy memories because you feel so sad or anxious.

The good news is that there is help and hope. Postpartum depression treatment can help you break free from unhappiness, better understand your experience and begin enjoying motherhood.

Postpartum Depression Treatment At Alkira In Syracuse And Rome Can Provide You With Support And Guidance

When you struggle with postpartum depression, challenging emotions and physical changes can leave you desperate to feel supported and understood. At Alkira Marriage and Family Therapy in Syracuse and Rome, our experienced, compassionate therapists can help you identify the internal and external obstacles that are preventing you from feeling supported or enjoying your time with your new baby. With professional guidance and support, you can resolve feelings of sadness, anxiety and frustration, manage your sleeping habits and embrace the joys of motherhood.

A compassionate, empowering therapy relationship is a necessary part of successful postpartum depression treatment. You feel alone in your challenges, but you don’t feel comfortable talking about your fears or unhappiness with your spouse or family members for fear of how they will respond. At Alkira, we give you a safe place to share your experience and concerns, and we offer the compassion and support that you need.   You and your therapist may determine that you only need a short-term round of therapy to help you gain valuable insight and develop skills to mitigate depression symptoms. Or, if your postpartum depression is more severe, your therapist may recommend a combination of therapy and medication, which has proven effective in helping to combat postpartum depression. If medication is suggested or is already a part of your life, your therapist can work collaboratively with your OB/GYN to ensure you receive the most effective and complete postpartum depression treatment.

In nonjudgmental, safe sessions, your therapist can help you deal with difficult emotions, as well as provide specific guidance, tips and techniques to help manage your daily life as a mother. You can learn how to effectively manage your responses when your baby is fussy and figure out ways to ensure that you get even a small amount of time for yourself every day. When you take care of yourself, you’re better able to care for those around you. It’s also important to ask for support when you need it. You are a mother, not Wonder Woman. In sessions, your therapist can help you identify your support system and learn when and how to ask for help.

Our culture doesn’t always encourage a woman to talk about the difficulties she is facing, particularly those surrounding motherhood. But, if you are struggling with postpartum depression, you really need someone you can trust to share your thoughts, feelings and worries. At Alkira Marriage and Family Therapy, we meet your concerns with compassion and guidance. When you can express your fears out loud, they lose most of their power. We offer a safe, supportive environment where you can explore your challenges – and your reactions – and begin to really recognize and believe that everything is and will be okay.

For 20 years, the experienced, compassionate therapists at Alkira Therapy have provided effective postpartum depression treatment to mothers in and around Syracuse, New York. A number of our therapists have had firsthand experience with postpartum depression, and we’ve all witnessed how powerful postpartum depression treatment can be. With a guiding hand, gentle support and techniques you can start using immediately, it is possible to get through the difficulties you are facing and begin enjoying your baby and being a mom.

But you may still have questions about postpartum depression treatment…

I can’t leave the baby to go to counseling sessions.

You baby is always welcome in your postpartum depression treatment sessions. We understand the challenges you are facing, and we are here to offer the support you need. If your baby is beginning to crawl or walk, your therapist will make the office a safe space for him or her, too.

I don’t have the money for postpartum depression treatment.

We accept some types of insurance at Alkira, as well as offer a sliding scale for clients who qualify for financial assistance. While it’s true that long-term therapy can become expensive, our goal is to help you start feeling better and functioning with more ease right away. In initial sessions, your therapist can provide you with tips, techniques and strategies that you can use immediately to experience relief.

I’m too tired for postpartum depression treatment.

We completely understand that you’re exhausted. However, investing in self-care through therapy can actually give you a boost of energy and alleviate some of the stress of being a mom. Think of postpartum depression treatment the way you do going in to see your OB/GYN. You can make one appointment, come in and see if you feel better. If you want or need another session, we can schedule it right then and there. If not, we’ll be here to support you if you ever need it.

You Don’t Have To Navigate Postpartum Depression On Your Own

If you would like to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions regarding postpartum depression treatment, please call 315 492-1390 or email us at alkiratherapy@gmail.com. We return all calls and emails within 24 business hours.

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