Psychiatrist Dr. Francie Broghammer talks about postpartum mood disorders, what causes them, warning signs and symptoms to look for, and how medication and support structures can help.
Top 3 Takeaways:
- If something persists beyond about two weeks, that probably signals something else is going on. Extreme thoughts – suicidal, homicidal, etc. – are also big red flags.
- The reality is: sometimes we need medications. Like a cast on a broken bone that stays on long enough to heal.
- With therapy, better can be the enemy of good. You just need to go! Maybe the first try will be terrible, try someone else. The lack of a perfect counselor shouldn’t be an obstacle to getting help.
- BONUS: Make a postpartum depression plan! What should I watch for? Who do I call? What do I say? What are the resources we can lean on?