Pre & Postpartum Depression Therapy

Perinatal mood disorders and anxiety are present in at least 10% of births. Postpartum Depression and Antenatal Depression include depression during pregnancy and up to a year later. It happens to moms, dads and adoptive parents. We offer safe and effective help, even for breastfeeding mothers.

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders are Treatable

Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders can be effectively treated by traditional therapy, medication therapy and a ground-breaking treatment called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). BrainsWay's Deep TMS device is FDA-cleared to deliver an innovative, drug free, outpatient treatment for major depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). If you suspect you might be experiencing a perinatal mood disorder such as postpartum depression or anxiety, don't wait to get help.

Pregnancy

High levels of anxiety or depression during pregnancy can be a type of perinatal mood disorder called Antenatal, Prenatal or Antepartum Depression.

Antenatal depression and anxiety happens just as often as postpartum anxiety and depression. If you are feeling unusually sad or have high levels of anxiety during your pregnancy it is important to begin the recovery and treatment process as soon as possible.

Postpartum

Postpartum Depression is also called Postnatal depression and it affects women and men, whether they are natural or adoptive parents. Postpartum anxiety and depression can happen anytime from the moment your baby is born until a year later. 

Our goal is to provide a safe, comforting environment in which to heal and bond. Postpartum depression treatment focuses on symptom relief and development of coping strategies for situations contributing to depression and anxiety. 

mother with postpartum depression

Common FAQs about Antenatal and Postpartum Depression

Is it the “baby blues" or postpartum depression?

The symptoms experienced during "baby blues" are mild and usually resolve within a couple of weeks. Baby blues affect most parents. 

Postpartum depression isn't mild and it doesn't resolve in a few weeks.  Click here to take a brief depression assessment.

Is there male postpartum depression?

Yes! Male postpartum depression is real and there is effective treatment. Men's postpartum symptoms may include irritability, frustration, anger, lethargy/fatigue, panic attacks, behavioral changes (substance abuse or impulsive behaviors) and physical discomfort (nausea, stomach problems).

Will a close bond ever develop with the baby?

With help, you can be very closely bonded with your child. For some people, falling in love with their baby takes more time and effort, but is no less rewarding in the long run. In caring for your child, the most important step you can take is to care for yourself through treatment.

What causes postpartum depression?

Perinatal mood and anxiety problems are not your fault. Many factors contribute to postpartum depression and anxiety. Getting help now is the important next step.

Can anxiety be a perinatal mood disorder?

Some parents find that their postpartum difficulties express as anxiety rather than sadness. Postpartum anxiety symptoms include excessive worrying, agitation, obsessive thoughts, insomnia, or compulsive behaviors and panic attacks. 

Can I take anti-depressants while breastfeeding?

Deciding whether to take antidepressants while breastfeeding is complex. Each case is unique and it is important for you and your mental health professional to work together to decide what is best for you. CBH offers alternatives to medication.

Can pregnancy trigger Bipolar Disorder?

Yes, in some cases the chemical changes to a new mother’s brain can trigger a mood disorder like bipolar disorder. Treatment options for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers are available. Click here to fill out a questionnaire that will help determine whether you may have bipolar disorder.

What is Postpartum OCD?

In rare cases, postpartum depression and anxiety can develop into Postpartum Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (PPOCD). PPOCD usually includes intrusive, upsetting thoughts or images about harm coming to your baby. It is important to get help. Talk therapy, drug therapy and TMS are safe and proven effective in treating OCD.