Have you had a baby, or adopted a child in the past year?
Are you feeling sad, nervous, worried or scared?
One in ten new mothers experiences various degrees of postpartum depression; anxiety; or more rarely psychosis. Postpartum complications can occur within days of the delivery or appear gradually, sometimes up to a year or so later.
Symptoms of depression may include: Loss of interest or pleasure in life Loss of appetite Decreased energy and motivation Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep Early morning awakening Sleeping more than usual Increased crying or tearfullness Feeling worthless, hopeless or overly guilty Restlessness, irritability and/or anxiety Unexplained weight gain or weight loss Thoughts of death Worries about harming the baby
Symptoms of anxiety may include: Palpitations, pounding heart Trembling or shaking Nausea or stomach discomfort Feelings that things around you aren't real Sweating Chest Pain or discomfort Feeling dizzy or faint Fear of losing control Fear of dying Chills or hot flashes
If you are experiencing symptoms of depression and/or anxiety and would like to join a weekly ongoing psychotherapy group for new mothers contact Jessica Wall, L.C.S.W., at 708-383-5940. This group is located in the Loop and aims to provides support, understanding, and assist members in reaching a sense of well-being. For further information and inquiries, please contact Jessica Wall, L.C.S.W. by telephone or e-mail.
Jessica D. Wall is a licensed clinical social worker with experience in working with women in a community mental health setting, an inpatient psychiatric unit for women, parent-child play group, and in private practice with women, children, and their families for many years.
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