POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION (PPD)

Postpartum depression is moderate to severe depression in a woman after she has given birth. It may occur soon after delivery or up to a year later. Most of the time, it occurs within the first three months after delivery.

The exact causes of postpartum depression are unknown, but some non-hormonal factors that can affect mood during this period are changes in your body from pregnancy and delivery, changes in work and social relationships, having less time and freedom for yourself, lack of sleep, and worries about your ability to be a good mother. 

How We Help

Postpartum depression (PPD) is thought to be a combination of both physical and emotional issues.

Significant alterations in hormones occur after birth. Specifically, estrogen, progesterone, and thyroid hormones decrease dramatically. This may lead to physical symptoms of brain fog, fatigue or exhaustion, despondence, sleep disturbances, hopelessness, severe mood swings, social withdraw, and depression. Emotional issues may arise from sleep deprivation, poor nutrition, feeling less attractive, loss of control, loss of identity, and anxiety. Any of these issues may contribute to PPD.

Depression results in physical changes in the structure and function of the brain, and the longer you suffer the more damage results. Therefore, recognizing the signs and symptoms of PPD and getting help fast is critical to rapid improvement. The wonderful thing is that it is frequently much easier to treat postpartum depression than life-long depression of unknown origin.

Our integrative approach to medicine addresses your mind, body, and spirit to help you break this cycle quickly. We may recommend a variety of therapeutic interventions such as medications, lifestyle management techniques, ketamine infusion therapy, nutritional counseling, and talk-therapy.

We are here to help you get through this now.

“You don’t have to live with this struggle any longer.”

– Kaye T. Patient of Alleviant Health Centers & Depression Sufferer

Comprehensive Psychiatric Care 

We provide comprehensive holistic psychiatric care for those seeking psychiatric evaluations, counseling, and medication management. We recognize that each patient requires individualized attention and we’re committed to helping you maintain the right treatment regimen for your particular diagnosis. Our team of supportive psychiatric professionals and counselors enjoy walking alongside our patients during their healing journey.

Ketamine Infusion Therapy

Ketamine Infusion Therapy can provide rapid relief from depressive symptoms for a significant number of patients. In controlled, specific amounts, ketamine stimulates the creation and remodeling of neurons that have atrophied in depression. Approximately 70% of patients may experience a significant reduction in symptoms  – many during their first infusion, which creates an excellent opportunity for rapid healing of emotional trauma with a therapist post infusion.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

TMS is a non-invasive procedure for treatment-resistant depression. It delivers magnetic impulses through an electromagnetic coil to the prefrontal cortex, the region of the brain associated with mood control. TMS helps nerves begin to communicate again and reinforces positive nerve pathways. Therapy takes place five days a week for four to six weeks. Each treatment lasts less than 4 minutes. TMS is FDA-approved for treatment-resistant depression. We will preauthorize you to make sure that your insurance is accepted.

Symptoms

The symptoms accompanying postpartum depression may include the following:

  • Sluggishness, fatigue

  • Feeling sad, hopeless, helpless, or worthless

  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much

  • Changes in appetite

  • Difficulty concentrating/confusion

  • Crying for “no reason”

  • Lack of interest in the baby, not feeling bonded to the baby, or feeling very anxious about the baby

  • Feelings of being a bad mother

  • Fear of harming the baby or oneself

  • A loss of interest or pleasure in life

KAYE’S STORY

Kaye’s lifelong struggle with depression hit an all-time low after she gave birth to her first child. “You have this perfect beautiful baby, but you can’t be happy about it, no matter how hard you try,” she explains. After searching for relief for months, she had ketamine infusion therapy done at Alleviant. Now, Kaye says, “I can put this behind me and not have to fight every minute of every day to be happy and appreciate the things that I have in my life.”

We are here to help you

Reach out to us by calling 866-951-HEAL, stopping by a clinic close to you, or filling out the form. One of our intake coordinators will be in contact with you within 24 to 48 hours.