For new parents, it can be upsetting and frightening to have feelings about parenthood that don’t seem “right.”
For some individuals, exercise, a healthy diet, and receiving help and support from family and friends are sufficient enough to get through the initial adjustment period. For others, talking to a therapist who specializes in dealing with new parenthood issues can be comforting, relieving and enlightening.
Therapists who have extensive education and training in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders understand that hormone changes, personal and family history, and social support are all vital factors in understanding and alleviating perinatal symptoms.
Common perinatal symptoms include:
- Feeling overwhelmed and wondering if you should have become a parent in the first place
- Feeling guilty due to high self-expectations
- Not feeling “bonded” with the baby
- Your thoughts are racing and you can’t quiet your mind
- Feeling empty and numb as if you’re just going through the motions
- Lack of focus and concentration
- Being afraid that if you reach out for help, others will judge your inabilities
- Being constantly in a state of worry
- Intrusive scary thoughts
If one or more of the above symptoms resonates with you, I invite you to contact me today for a brief phone consultation to determine whether working together might be a good fit.