Women’s Health: Postpartum and Menopausal Anxiety and Depression
If you are experiencing feelings of depression or anxiety or have symptoms of other mood changes, know that you are not alone. Many women experience anxiety or worry due to normal stressors of daily life, though they can develop into full-blown panic attacks, phobias, or anxiety disorders when biological changes or emotional/psychological stress occurs during these transitional times of childbirth, perimenopause, and menopause.
Signs & Symptoms of Postpartum Depression:
- Loss of interest or pleasure in life
- Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- Increased crying or tearfulness
- Feeling worthless, hopeless, or overly guilty
- Feelings of not being a good mother
- Feelings of disinterest or being overprotective toward the baby
- Having scary thoughts or thoughts of hurting yourself or your baby
Depression affects many women at some point during their lives. There is a transitional time known as perimenopause when women may become more likely to develop depression. Physiological (hormonal) changes occur at this time, affecting sleep, mood, and temperature fluctuations. Less estrogen is produced in the ovaries, and the decrease in estrogen interacts with chemicals in the brain that can affect mood, and contribute to mood changes.. During perimenopause mood problems can progress to a more severe mood disorder known as major depression. The risk of major depression is greatest in women who have a history of depression in the past or who had depression after child birth.
If you are experiencing mood changes during these transitional times of pregnancy, childbirth and post partum, perimenopause, and menopause, and your symptoms are no longer manageable, please call me for an evaluation.
Children and Teens: Depression and Anxiety
Life can be stressful and difficult at times, and children and teens are not exempt. Children and teens have many pressures in life as we do, and not necessarily the tools needed to handle the situations that come up. We want to help them be successful and happy, and to keep them protected and safe always. Children and teens are not always able to tell us directly what is wrong or what their struggles are about, but we can see it in their emotions, behaviors, and physically at times. If your child or teen is crying or feeling sad, upset and irritable, withdrawn, angry and acting out, or is having frequent headaches or stomach aches, complaining of nightmares or difficulty sleeping, you might take notice. They may be suffering from anxiety or depression. I can help. Please call me so that we can evaluate the situation and come up with a plan to help your child or teen.
Kitty Cleary Adamovic MS, RN
Marriage and Family Therapist