Who wants to be called "DEPRESSED or PSYCHOTIC"?
From my own personal experience, I believe that postpartum labels are misleading. This confusing classification of “depression and psychosis” may be the cause that so many women don’t seek help after having babies. Having a baby is supposed to be one of the most beautiful times in a woman’s life... who wants to think of themselves as depressed...yet alone psychotic?
Following the birth of my daughters I experienced a wide range of unsettling symptoms, none of which I would consider classic depression.
Almost immediately after my first daughter was born I was overwhelmed with intrusive thoughts. If I heard something on the news about a child being injured or victimized, I would obsess over the same fate befalling my daughter. If a child got hurt in a movie, I would get extremely emotional and be unable to finish watching; it would take days for me to get the images out of my mind.
Intrusive Thoughts Gone Wild
Probably the most irrational thoughts I encountered were those concerning a Zombie Apocalypse. No, I’m not joking. Before my daughter was born my husband and I enjoyed watching the Walking Dead. After my daughter was born, not so much. As crazy as it sounds I actually began to fear zombies as if they were a real threat. I lay in bed imaging what we would do incase of an attack. Where would we go? How would we defend ourselves? Of course no one knew that I was having these thoughts; I understood my irrational so I kept my obsessions to myself.
Eight months after Estee was born, I was pregnant again. After Isabella was born, I still wasn’t technically depressed, but I didn’t feel happy – I didn’t feel much of anything. I wasn’t interested in sex, I was having a difficult time remembering things, I felt as if my eyes had a film over them and I couldn’t see clearly, and I STILL had intrusive thoughts. The lack of feeling was the most distressing. I love my husband and my children, but at the time I couldn’t experience laughter or joy...just apathy. It took me a year and a half to get help. I suppose like many women, I assumed that the symptoms would fade over time. But they didn’t and my quality of life was deteriorating.
Success through Chinese Medicine
Even though I am a practitioner at YAO, I humbly made an appointment to get my blood tested and set up time with Daniel to design a treatment plan. With the help of Chinese Medicine, a better diet, several supplements and Cross Fit, I was 70% better within 3 months. As some of you are aware I am now 38 weeks pregnant with Baby #3. Let's see what happens this time around. Of course...I know at YAO I am in good hands with talented and compassionate staff. I will be documenting my trials and tribulations on the new YAO New Mommies Facebook Community. Join me there for support, strength and wishfully some humorous gems along the journey.
YAO New Mommy Post-Partum Package
My desire to provide support for post-partum depression/intrusive thoughts (and whatever other crazy mis-leading diagnosis that none of us want to have) has led to the development of YAO's fabulous New Mommy Post-Partum program. We are extremely proud of this package as it truly offers an all encompassing package for the Mother (especially when everyone else is concerned about the baby and Mama takes back seat)! The price is totally reasonable for a new and growing family and includes 6 full hour post-partum visits with acupuncture plus a FREE massage and FREE facial. It goes without saying that new Moms need some R&R and the Facial is wonderful for dealing with any fluctuating hormone imbalances that are affecting the skin.
Let us hold you when everything else feels like it's crashing around you
I know how brutal and isolating those feelings can be and no other Mom should have to go that road alone. Please don't hesitate to reach out to any of us at YAO. Either call us directly at 303-777-7891 or complete the request form below and we will be in touch promptly to assist you in your challenging situation.