Postpartum Depression: Treatment Options For Everyday Women

Hayden Panettiere has been open about her postpartum depression since giving birth to her first child last year. But she shocked fans when it was announced that she was entering a treatment facility as she continues to struggle with the mental health condition.

The Nashville star welcomed her daughter, Kaya, in December 2014. During her interview with Kelly and Michael, she talked about her struggles with postpartum depression. Panettiere, 26, even revealed that her character, Juliette Barnes, also suffers from extreme postpartum depression in the new season of Nashville.

“I can very much relate. It’s something a lot of women experience. When [you’re told] about postpartum depression you think it’s ‘I feel negative towards my child, I want to injure or hurt my child.’ I’ve never had those feelings.”

Her rep announced on Tuesday that she made the decision to enter a treatment facility to battle with her struggle over postpartum depression.

“Hayden Panettiere is voluntarily seeking professional help at a treatment center as she is currently battling postpartum depression. She asks that the media respect her privacy during this time.”

Most women who struggle with the condition don’t have the luxury to enter an expensive treatment facility. Some don’t even know that they’re struggling with postpartum depression. They’re often told that they’re just having the “baby blues” or going through the motions after having a baby.

The signs and symptoms of postpartum depression include anger, worry, loss of interest in daily activities, and changes in your appetite. There’s an increased risk in those who have a history of depression or a family history of depression.

There is a treatment center that can help women struggling from postpartum depression. Dr. Loren Swensen from Theta Wellness Center spoke to Good4Utah about the crippling disease. Lisa Thomas received help from him during her three years of treatment. She said that she never realized she had postpartum depression, although she knew something was wrong.

“I just thought that I was sick, and I didn’t know why I was sick…With each child my postpartum depression got worse…but, I didn’t know I had postpartum depression.”

Lisa went to the Theta Wellness Center for 28 days straight. Within four days, she was already ready to cut back on her medication as she realized that she was feeling better. If you would like to learn more about the Theta Wellness Center or postpartum depression, visit for more information or to find a location near you.

A new report via KHTS Am 1220 revealed that 1.3 million women will experience postpartum depression this year. There are treatment options for women who are experiencing these major mood changes or disturbing symptoms after pregnancy, according to Dr. Shoshana Bennett. When new mothers are experiencing these symptoms, she says that they’re still faced with the stigma that’s still associated with the condition.

“Women are often reluctant to reveal their dark thoughts and emotions because they don’t want to be grouped with the psychotic mothers they see on the TV news who drown their children.”

When it comes to finding professional help, it’s recommended that women should see a therapist that’s trained in postpartum depression or perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. It’s also important to not just find any therapist who’s trained to treat general depression or mood disorders.

“Ask if they’ve had specific training to treat these disorders, and ensure that they belong to at least one professional association dedicated to education about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.”

Other treatment options include medication or psychotherapy. There are also alternative options such as acupuncture and magnetic stimulation, both of which help treat depression. Even “bright light therapy” (getting natural sunlight or using sun lamps) has been used to treat postpartum depression and other mood disorders.

Those who don’t have the access or the money to seek professional help can also try chiropractic care, emotional support from loved ones, exercise, proper nutrition, and plenty of night-time rest.

It doesn’t just start after giving birth. Some women become depressed even during their pregnancy, according to Aimee Danielson, director of the Women’s Mental Health Program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. The joy and happiness that comes with motherhood can also be a time for anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and panic disorders for many expecting moms.

Hopefully, seeing celebrities like Hayden Panettiere will help make postpartum depression less stigmatized and make women aware that they’re not alone.

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