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Depression & Pregnancy

Having a baby is supposed to be a happy experience, but many women find trying to conceive, being pregnant or taking care of their newborn stressful. Brief periods of sadness, frustration, irritability, or worry are common during these times and do not require treatment. However, if unpleasant thoughts and feelings do not go away or worsen after a couple of weeks, they could be a sign of a perinatal mood disorder. Perinatal mood disorders are depression or anxiety that occur during or after pregnancy, and are present in at least 10% of births.

Although experts do not know what causes depression and anxiety during pregnancy or the post-partum period, we do know factors that may increase your risk. We also know there is hope. Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are a medical illness and can be effectively treated.

At Calabasas Behavioral Health we are committed to helping you be the best you can for yourself and your family. We have clinicians specially trained and certified in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders from a leading organization in the field, Postpartum Support International. We have an integrated treatment approach beginning with a thorough intake assessment that includes collaborating with your current providers. Our unique model includes clinicians that can provide couples, family, and individual therapy as well as managing medications using the most evidence based research. We also coordinate with Achieve TMS LA in providing Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), an innovative FDA-cleared outpatient treatment for depression that is effective in treating anxiety and depression without the systemic side effects often experienced with medication.

Successful treatment using our integrated approach and expertise results in better overall physical and emotional health, greater bonding with newborn or recently adopted child, improved communication with family and friends, and restored intimacy with your partner.

If you or a loved one suspect you might be experiencing depression or anxiety, call us today for a consultation.