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Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

 Pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting are significant life transitions that can dramatically affect a woman’s mental health. At Behr Psychology, we understand that the changes occurring during the perinatal period can lead to feelings of sadness, fatigue, irritability, and guilt. If you’ve recently given birth and are struggling with these emotions, you may be experiencing postpartum depression or anxiety.

Understanding postpartum depression and anxiety

Many new mothers suffer from postpartum depression and anxiety, both of which can significantly hinder a woman’s well-being and relationships. If you have postpartum anxiety, you may experience chronic fatigue. In contrast, postpartum depression is characterized by emotions of intense sadness, helplessness, and a lack of connection with your baby. You may feel edgy and unable to enjoy your new role. Postpartum anxiety can also cause persistent worry, difficulties making decisions, and sleep disturbances.

Why choose Behr Psychology?

At Behr Psychology, we know that each mother’s experience is unique, and we are here to support you every step of the way. We offer tailored therapy for postpartum anxiety and depression. Our experienced therapists and psychologists specialize in postpartum anxiety therapy, providing compassionate care to help you regain control of your thoughts and enjoy this new stage of your life.

Our approach to postpartum anxiety therapy

Our approach includes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which has proven effective in treating postpartum depression and anxiety. You can learn to identify and change negative thought patterns through CBT, helping you manage your symptoms more effectively.

In addition to therapy, we recommend incorporating self-care practices such as exercise, mindfulness meditation, and a healthy diet. Social support from friends, family, or support groups can also be invaluable.

How do I begin postpartum anxiety therapy at Behr Psychology?

You don’t have to navigate postpartum depression and anxiety alone. At Behr Psychology, our qualified therapists will help you learn strategies to manage stress, reframe negative thoughts, and develop coping mechanisms.

If you are experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression or anxiety, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our compassionate therapists. We offer in-person consultations at our Midtown West and Upper West Side offices and online sessions for those in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, South Carolina, and California.

Myths About Postpartum Anxiety and Depression:

Myth: Feeling overwhelmed and anxious is a normal part of being a new mom.

Fact: While some anxiety is acceptable and natural, excessive feelings of overwhelm and concern may be signs of postpartum anxiety and require professional assistance.

Myth: Only women can have postpartum depression and anxiety.

Fact: The stress and changes of having a new baby affect both parents equally. While postpartum depression and anxiety are more common in women, some men experience them too.

Myth: Postpartum depression and anxiety will go away on their own. I don’t need therapy.

Fact: Some mild cases of postpartum anxiety and depression may improve over time. However, professional treatment is necessary if these conditions affect your functioning, well-being, and relationships.

Myth: If you have postpartum depression and anxiety, it’s your fault. You’re a bad mother.

Fact: Postpartum depression and anxiety are mental health conditions that have nothing to do with your worth or competence as a mother.

Our Team of Therapists

All of our therapists are relatable, authentic, and insightful clinicians who understand what it is like to be a patient. Yes, we provide therapy but we strive to understand who you are, not as a patient but as a whole person.

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