In recent years, post-partum depression is being discussed in a more open and honest way than ever before. Depression in general is viewed with less stigma and shame as before, so conversations about post-partum depression are more vulnerable and common than they had been in the past.

Once a baby is born, ‘baby blues’ can cause new mothers to experience mood swings, irritability, and general emotional instability for a couple weeks. This is no wonder, since the experience of giving birth is traumatic for both the mother and the child and leaves them both exhausted and emotionally drained.

Post-partum depression, however, is more intense and can last longer than so-called baby blues. It can happen up to a year after giving birth and may interfere with your ability to care for your child and yourself. Truly severe post-partum depression, when left untreated, can lead to self-harm or endangering your child. This is why it is so important to recognize and treat any symptoms right away.

Acupuncture clinics like Healing Light Family Acupuncture offer excellent post-partum depression treatments for new mothers and fathers as well. Contact us today for a caring and effective approach to treat your post-partum depression without psychiatric medications.