Welcome to episode nine of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today, we speak to Dr. Kat about postpartum depression and anxiety.
Dr. Kat is a psychologist who helps you find ways out of suffering or confusion and into wellness. People go to her psychotherapy practice when they are struggling with things in their life and want to feel better. Her style of working with people is to be real and keep therapy down to earth. In her sessions, she uses compassion, insight and empathy in addition to her education and training to guide your healing. Her belief is that therapy should not be a mysterious process. She believes that you have the ability to get better. Sometimes we just need a little help; sometimes we need a lot of help.
You may have heard of postpartum depression already. There are other things that most folks don’t know about. The postpartum period is not always rainbows and puppy dogs, like we are meant to think it’s “supposed to be.” For about 20% of women, the transition into parenthood can lead to severe mood changes. There are things that don’t go as planned such as: prenatal or postpartum depression, anxiety, trauma, OCD and less frequently, bipolar disorder or psychosis. These are serious, but very treatable conditions.
What you’ll hear in this episode:
- Dr. Kat’s experience of giving birth and how it opened her up to postpartum depression and anxiety
- The primal instinct that lives within mothers when caring for a new baby
- How this is a more common issue than people realize for new mothers
- The physical aspects of giving birth that can lead to anxiety
- The signs to look out for as these issues arise
- How guilt and shame can play a big role in postpartum depression and anxiety
- Ways in which to find support and help