The first few weeks of caring for a newborn come with sleepless nights, frustration, joy, and many other emotions. Newborns are exhausting! It’s normal for new moms to feel anxious, tired, and overwhelmed because having a baby is a significant life change. But sometimes, these feelings can signify more than just a case of the Baby Blues, and it’s not something even the best moms can ‘shake off.’
Pervasive depressed mood, lingering anxiety, and feelings of inadequacy can build up over time. Top that with frequent sleep disruptions, increased irritability, and pure exhaustion, and it’s easy to see why 1 in 7 women suffer from postpartum depression.
Understand Postpartum Depression
Postpartum depression is more than a case of the Baby Blues. It’s normal to feel a bit more worried or have mixed feelings when you are a new mom. The symptoms of postpartum depression are far more serve and last longer. Some common symptoms of postpartum depression include:
• Low or depressed mood
• Severe anxiety or panic attacks
• Trouble bonding with your baby
• Fear that you are a bad mother
• Feelings of hopelessness, shame, or guilt
• Thoughts of harming yourself, your baby, or others
Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are a type of antidepressant medication that are commonly prescribed to women with PPD. The downside is that these medications can take weeks or months to kick in, which feels like an eternity for new moms who are already struggling. The key to treating PPD requires fast-acting medicine. ZULRESSO™ is a novel, single-use medication administered intravenously that may be the solution and it’s now available at TMS & Brain Health.
The First-Ever Drug Specifically Approved For PPD
The FDA has approved ZULRESSO™ as the first therapy indicated for the treatment of postpartum depression (PPD) in adult women. Unlike traditional antidepressant medications that take several weeks to take effect, ZULRESSO™ has the ability to provide rapid relief of depression symptoms. Clinical trials have shown a greater improvement in PPD symptoms after treatment, measured using a standard depression scale. Patients see symptom relief beginning as soon as treatment is complete, and generally see results that last at least 30 days.
It is important to take care of yourself. All moms deserve to experience the joy of motherhood and PPD doesn’t have to hold you back. Ongoing symptoms of PPD can have serious consequences and should not be ignored. The good news is that PPD is treatable with your doctor’s help.
If you or a loved one would like to learn more about this new treatment for postpartum depression at our LA or Santa Monica locations, reach out for support today. We are here to help you find renewed solutions for mental wellness.