Postpartum Depression

Psychiatrists located in Murray Hill, Midtown East, New York, NY

Postpartum Depression

About Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression affects one in eight women in the United States, so you’re not alone if you feel lost or hopeless after your baby’s birth. At NYC Psychiatric Associates, diagnostic evaluations are available online and in the office for women with postpartum depression symptoms. The experienced psychiatric team takes an integrative, compassionate approach to managing your mental and emotional health needs so you can enjoy life with your new baby. Call the office in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan, New York, today to schedule a postpartum depression screening or book an appointment online.

Postpartum Depression Q&A

What is postpartum depression?

Postpartum depression is a serious mental health condition that can develop in women following pregnancy and childbirth.

While many women experience some level of sadness or anxiousness (known as the “baby blues”) soon after giving birth, some women continue to feel hopeless or worthless for weeks or months after delivering their child.

NYC Psychiatric Associates provides compassionate, integrative care for mothers of all ages struggling with postpartum depression symptoms. The experienced psychiatric team can meet with you virtually through the online telemedicine platform, so you don’t have to leave home for a mental health evaluation.

They also offer in-office appointments to assess your mental and emotional needs and customize a care plan to help you feel like yourself again.

What are the symptoms of postpartum depression?

Postpartum depression might initially look like the baby blues in the early stages. However, depression symptoms are typically longer-lasting and more intense.

Schedule a postpartum depression screening at NYC Psychiatric Associates if you experience:

  • Irritability or anger
  • Severe mood swings
  • Excessive crying
  • Persistent low energy
  • Desire to withdraw from others
  • Challenges bonding with your baby
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions

Without treatment, postpartum depression can lead to thoughts or actions of self-harm and suicide. If you’re thinking of harming yourself or someone else, seek immediate medical attention at the nearest hospital emergency room or call 988 for the suicide and crisis hotline.

The NYC Psychiatric Associates team can manage your postpartum depression treatment after your hospital discharge.

How is postpartum depression treated?

Your treatment plan for postpartum depression may include a combination of psychotherapy and antidepressant medications.

The NYC Psychiatric Associates team designs a treatment program to ensure lasting symptom relief so you can bond with and care for your baby. You can access therapeutic support without leaving home via virtual therapy sessions available through the online telemedicine platform.

If you have complications like postpartum psychosis, a serious mental illness that interferes with your sense of reality, you may benefit from electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).

ECT is a noninvasive treatment that uses small electrical currents to change the chemistry of your brain to reduce the severity of depression and psychosis symptoms.

Call NYC Psychiatric Associates today to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for symptoms of postpartum depression or book an appointment online.