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Help for Postpartum Anxiety and Depression Serving Massachusetts

Welcome, and thank you for being here.

Has your pregnancy, childbirth and the adjustment to motherhood been more challenging than you expected?

Was your birth experience not what you had planned?

Are the demands and responsibilities of caring for your infant causing intense emotions or a shift in moods?

Motherhood is full ~ sometimes it is full of wonder and sometimes it’s full of worry, uncertainty, and chaos.

It can be lonely, exhausting, and challenging.

You are not alone.

 

For 1 in 5* women, pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum increases the mood disturbances of anxiety and depression.

For these moms, hormonal shifts, coupled with intense emotions and mood swings that emerge or can intensify during the perinatal period - pregnancy through 1 year postpartum - create a less than heartwarming and blissful postpartum experience. Thoughts such as "I don't know what I'm doing....I'm not good at this......I'm a terrible mom" can seep in and take hold, causing more distress. Fertility challenges, infant loss, a history of anxiety/depression, a traumatic birth, a partner’s mental health, and the struggle to navigate matrescence - the profound mind/body/spiritual transition to motherhood - can further exacerbate and intensify PPA/PPD.

There is hope!

PPA/PPD can be treated.

I can help.

* American Psychological Association

Connect with Perinatal Mental Health Specialist Susan Marchioni, LMHC, PMH-C

Does it seem as if the baby blues just won’t go away?

Are you feeling fear, anxiety and sadness?

Do you have a heightened sense of vigilance?

Is it taking longer than you expected to "fall in love" with your baby?

If so, you are not alone.

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