Encouraging Facts About Postpartum Depression

Sep 01, 2023
Encouraging Facts About Postpartum Depression
Postpartum depression (PPD) is a serious medical problem that affects millions of new moms. Once widely misunderstood, today PPD is widely recognized and accepted — and it’s also treatable. Here’s what you should know.

Pregnancy and childbirth are huge events in a woman’s life, filled with physical and emotional changes, along with significant fluctuations in hormones that have a direct impact on mood. Given that, it’s not surprising that so many new moms feel overwhelmed, anxious, and even a little depressed.

In fact, those feelings are so common, they’ve earned a nickname — the baby blues. The good news is, so-called baby blues tend to be short-lived and not so intense that they interfere with relationships or normal daily living.

Postpartum depression (PPD) is something entirely different. PPD is a more serious and longer-lasting condition, affecting day-to-day life and, often, the bond between new moms and their babies.

At Revival Infusion Madison, Sarah Wilczewski, CRNA, APNP offers ketamine infusions to relieve the symptoms of postpartum depression, helping new moms in Fitchburg, Wisconsin adjust to their new responsibilities and embrace their roles. In this post, learn some encouraging facts about PPD that can help you feel better now and in the future.

You’re not alone

PPD can make you feel like a “bad mother,” but that is absolutely not true. Like any illness, PPD is related to physical changes and environmental conditions that require medical treatment. 

What’s more, PPD is surprisingly common, with estimates ranging from 7% to 20% of all new moms. Many women find they benefit from PPD support groups, where they can share their feelings with other new moms and receive support from women who understand their struggles.

Awareness has grown

Recognition of PPD as a specific psychological condition has taken some time. but over the past couple of decades, awareness has grown dramatically. Today, researchers and healthcare providers recognize PPD as a serious mental issue that requires immediate treatment. 

The stigma surrounding PPD has also decreased, helping women focus on their mental health needs rather than being overwhelmed by feelings of guilt, shame, or fear.

It’s treatable

PPD usually develops within the first six weeks of delivery, but it can also show up later. Fortunately, most women with PPD respond well to treatment. While medication and psychotherapy traditionally have been the primary treatment choices for women with PPD, today ketamine infusion offers an alternative approach for fast symptom relief. 

You can emerge stronger

It might sound trite — maybe even a little unbelievable — but successfully managing PPD can help you feel more empowered and more in control of your own destiny. As your symptoms subside, you can build the strong mother-baby bond that promotes optimal growth and development for your child, too.

Help for your PPD

PPD is a serious problem, but thankfully, treatments like ketamine can help. To find out more about ketamine therapy for PPD, call 608-405-6824 or book an appointment online with the team at Revival Infusion Madison today.