Postpartum Depression Specialist

Bella Women's Care

Obstetricians & Gynecologists located in Phoenix, AZ & Mesa, AZ

Up to 1 in 5 women suffers from postpartum depression today. If you’re struggling with anger, sadness, emptiness, withdrawal, or other intrusive feelings after giving birth, it doesn’t have to continue. Reach out to the supportive OB/GYN team at Bella Women’s Care for understanding and help with postpartum depression. Click the online scheduler or call to book an appointment at one of the Phoenix or Mesa, Arizona, offices today.

Postpartum Depression

What is postpartum depression?

Postpartum depression is a common mood disorder that affects many women following the birth of their baby. Although postpartum depression can start immediately after birth, it can also take weeks or even months to set in. Postpartum depression causes depression and other symptoms that negatively affect your daily life.

What are the symptoms of postpartum depression?

There are many possible symptoms of postpartum depression, including:

  • Feelings of overwhelming sadness
  • Feelings of emptiness or hopelessness
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Sudden anger or even rage
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Change in eating habits and weight
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Lack of interest in usual activities
  • Intrusive thoughts of self-harm or harm to the baby

Sometimes, the symptoms of postpartum depression are so severe that it's impossible for women to care for themselves and their baby.

What should I do if I think I have postpartum depression?

If you think you might have postpartum depression, there's help available. The OB/GYN specialists at Bella Women's Care always take a caring, supportive, and non-judgmental approach to your care, so don't hesitate to reach out right away.

If you have postpartum depression, your provider can diagnose you and help you feel better with effective treatment.

How is postpartum depression treated?

Postpartum depression treatment is always highly personalized to your specific needs. Many women benefit from antidepressant medications. These medications can regulate your mood quite effectively, giving you symptom relief in as little as a few weeks.

You may also find therapy to be very helpful in coping with postpartum depression. Talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and interpersonal therapy can all help you recognize problems and take healthy steps to resolve them.

In severe cases of postpartum depression, or when antidepressants and therapy aren't helpful, hormone therapy may be a good option. Estradiol (estrogen) patches deliver consistent hormones to help balance your hormones following pregnancy and childbirth.

If you're struggling with postpartum depression, or you're worried that you might have some of the symptoms, reach out to experts who understand what you're going through. The compassionate team at Bella Women's Care is here for you, so book an appointment using the online scheduler or by calling one of the offices today.