It’s not always easy to talk about postpartum depression or other maternal mental health complications like anxiety, panic, OCD and anger. Many new moms feel like others will think they are “crazy” or a “bad mom.” But talking about it is the first step to getting better.
Along with clinical experts, more than 30 survivors of maternal mental illness created a checklist to help new moms talk with their doctor. Download it here.
The checklist lists certain thoughts or feelings that are recognized symptoms of maternal mental health complications. For example, you may be afraid to be alone with your baby. You may be worried that you’re not a good mom. You may feel guilt or shame.
The checklist also lists some of the recognized risk factors for maternal mental health complications. This includes having experienced a stressful event in the last year, like moving to a new house or losing a loved one. Having a family history of mental illness is also a risk factor.
For more information about support groups and other resources, call Woman’s Social Services at 225-924-8456.