Nicole Crump, LCSW
Therapy for Today's Couples, Individuals, and Families

Understanding Postpartum Depression and what the symptoms can be

Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Anxiety, Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorder (PMADS) can be  extremely scary for those experiencing it.  But it can also be scary for the loved ones as well.  Nicole Crump, LCSW has obtain specialized training for helping those affected by Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Anxiety and Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorder.  She is able to provide psychotherapy to those affected by Postpartum Depression and Postpartum Anxiety and Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorder (PMADS)  in the Rochester, NY area.  
Postpartum Depression and Postpartum Anxiety and Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorder (PMADS) can feel like your life is being sucked out of you.
Postpartum Depression Information
Feeling a lack of control?
Parenthood not what you thought?
Feeling anxious?
Looking for answers to your struggles?  
As symptoms of PPD emerge feelings of guilt and inadequacy transpire.  You desperately want to sleep, escape, think clearly, relieve your anxiety and stop crying.  You so badly want to return to your former self.

Are you having a difficult time distinguishing yourself from your symptoms of PPD?

I help mothers and fathers who are struggling to adjust to motherhood/fatherhood.  I have counseled mothers, fathers, and families through this difficult time.  Anxiety, Sadness, and Scary Thoughts are reasons mothers and families seek help from me.

Below is additional information about Diagnostic Categories of Postpartum Depression:

Postpartum Depression (PPD): PPD may occur right after childbirth or develop anytime during the first year of the baby's life.    Common symptoms include: excessive crying, insomnia, fatigue, agitation, pervasive feelings of sadness and hopelessness, irritability, suicidal thoughts, intrusive thoughts, panic, impaired concentration, guilt, and low energy.

Baby Blues: Feelings of anxiety, irritation, tearfulness, and restlessness are common in the week or two after childbirth. These feelings are often called "baby blues." These symptoms almost always go away without the need for treatment.  Baby blues can last for a few hours or two (2) weeks.  Baby blues are associated with hormonal changes which occur after childbirth.  

Adjustment Disorder: Can present as mild difficulties conforming to life as you transition to parenthood.   Symptoms may include: marked stress reactions, low threshold for frustration, anger, irritability, and transient moodiness. 

Postpartum Psychosis:  symptoms include: delusions, detachment from reality, bizarre thinking and behavior, severe distractibility, confusion, and auditory or visual hallucinations.  

Anxiety:  Continuous worry and physical symptoms, such as nausea, gastrointestinal issues, or insomnia.  Panic attacks are another characteristic for postpartum depression; described as unexpected "out of nowhere" feelings of dread and terror.  Panic attacks can be accompanied by physical intense symptoms such as palpitations, chills, numbness, or disassociation from your body.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD):  Women can experience increased obsessive thoughts accompanied with severe anxiety and compulsive behaviors.  If a woman's daily functioning is impacted by obsessions, with or without compulsions.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): PTSD can occur if a woman had a traumatic labor and delivery.  For example if you had an emergency delivery or a childbirth complication.  

Grief Reaction:  Women who experience miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion, infant death, or unexpected stressors related to adoption, fertility issues, prolonged bed rest, prenatal complications, multiple birth, birth defect, or disability are susceptible to clinical depression.  
The most 
thing she'd learned 
over the
years was that there 
was no way to be 
a perfect mother
and a million ways to 
be a good mother