Postpartum Depression Q & AAlleviant Health Centers
What is postpartum depression?
Postpartum depression affects mothers of newborns, typically within the first three weeks after delivery. Postpartum depression is a clinical depression that extends far beyond the concerns and worries of a new mother and affects a woman’s ability to function properly and care for her newborn.
What causes postpartum depression?
There are many reasons why you may develop postpartum depression, including:
Your hormone levels rise during pregnancy and then drop off suddenly after birth. This sudden drop can cause depression.
History of depression
If you have a history of clinical depression, your odds of developing postpartum depression increase.
If you didn’t want to be pregnant or you’re faced with caring for the baby on your own, you may be at risk for postpartum depression.
What are the symptoms of postpartum depression?
Postpartum depression presents itself differently in each woman, but there are some commonalities, including:
- Sadness or despair
- Trouble bonding with your newborn
- Sudden bouts of crying
- Trouble focusing
- Low energy
- Loss of interest
If you experience any of these symptoms for more than a few weeks, check with a mental health professional to see if you suffer from postpartum depression.
How can ketamine treat postpartum depression?
One of the greatest benefits of treating postpartum depression with ketamine IV infusions is that the treatment usually offers immediate relief from your symptoms.
In fact, studies show that ketamine infusion reduces depressive symptoms within 30-40 minutes in approximately 60-75% of patients. Traditional treatments, including antidepressants and psychotherapy, are considered a success when only 30% of patients experience relief.
Under Brian Mears, CRNA, the ketamine is administered in low, precise doses that block certain neural signals and receptors, and encourages a protein that promotes new neural connections. In effect, it works by rewiring your brain.
If you want to enjoy this special time in your life, call or book an appointment online at Alleviant Health Centers.
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