MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST: Lori Sunkin, MA, MFT
1. KNOW YOUR RISKS
There are many conditions that predispose you to Post Partum—including those who suffer anxiety and depression before pregnancy.
2. NOTE THE DEPTH
Recognize a wide variety of symptoms but note the depth . If you have no appetite, can’t sleep, cry a lot, feel overwhelmed or have anxiety – many of these symptoms are common to a woman who has a newborn. Note the depth of those feelings. While many people feel some or all of these symptoms, are you able to function or are these feelings taking over your day? If you have feelings of hurting yourself or your baby, get help immediately.
3. OF COURSE YOU ARE OVERWHELMED…
If you feel these intense emotions for longer than a few weeks, reach out to a professional. It can only help to speak with someone.
For over 20 years Lori Sunkin, MA MFT, has been in private practice specializing in Post Partum Depression, Infertility, and Loss. In 2001, She cofounded Mothercare providing in home and hospital counseling for new mothers. Lori continues to educate obstetricians and pediatricians on helping to identify postpartum issues in women. She also counsels individuals and couples and runs a number of women’s groups.