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Depression After a Miscarriage

You don’t have to feel alone or ashamed of extreme feelings of sadness following a miscarriage. Compassionate and effective treatment for miscarriage depression is available in NY, NJ and FL through Online Psychiatrists. Take advantage of medication management and exceptional talk therapy to sort out your feelings and come to a place of peace and acceptance. The only goal of your psychiatrist is to get you through the process to the other side, not string you along with years of therapy. Your specific needs are met through an in-person therapeutic environment or online with telepsychiatry, an effective means of getting the help you need. Call today for an appointment.

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How Long Does Depression After a Miscarriage Last?

A miscarriage can be a traumatic experience that frequently leads to emotional distress. Miscarriage depression isn’t uncommon, but when your depression lingers for longer than several months, you need to talk to someone. Remember that every woman is different and grieves in her own way.

As many as 10 to 20 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage — the spontaneous end of a pregnancy before 20 weeks. Your body generally repairs itself in four to six weeks. But many women who go through a miscarriage continue to have symptoms of depression, even if they go on to have a healthy child later.

What Next Steps Should I Take?

Don’t underestimate the impact of a miscarriage on your emotional well-being. Depression after miscarriage can negatively affect how you think, act and feel, but it’s a treatable condition. Online Psychiatrists offers expert psychiatric care to adult women in New York, New Jersey and Florida. You can be treated for related conditions, as well, including:

  • Anxiety, including social anxiety
  • Any panic attacks
  • Substance abuse issues
  • Other mental health problems

Before any treatment, you need a diagnosis of miscarriage depression. Your psychiatrist then provides assistance through in-person meetings or through advanced technology, making video conferencing and telepsychiatry available to everyone.

What Are the Symptoms of Depression After a Miscarriage?

When you’re pregnant, you have hopes and dreams for the future that are suddenly and unexpectedly shattered when you miscarry. Going through a period of grieving after any loss is normal, but you may find that feelings of sadness are overwhelming or not getting better as time passes. Symptoms you may experience include:

  • Extreme sadness that may be accompanied by frequent episodes of crying
  • A loss of appetite
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue or lethargy
  • A loss of interest in socializing or participating in activities that used to bring you pleasure
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Thoughts of suicide

These symptoms of depression can happen within a few weeks of a miscarriage. They may take a few months to appear. For some women, depressed feelings may continue for a long time, sometimes for years. These feelings can make it difficult for you to function in your day-to-day life.

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How Is Miscarriage Depression Diagnosed?

Depression after miscarriage isn’t the same thing as grieving. The experience of grieving tends to get better over time. It also usually comes in waves, often from triggers that remind you of the departed. Depression after a miscarriage is a little different. For example, you can expect:

  • More persistent feelings of grief
  • Depression symptoms that last most of the day every day
  • Symptoms that continue for at least two weeks to two years

Your doctor diagnoses any major depression based on a clinical evaluation, which includes a thorough interview and possibly a physical examination. Unsurprisingly, a miscarriage can sometimes bring on major depression in both women and men.

What Treatments Are Effective for Depression After a Miscarriage?

Your psychiatrist at Online Psychiatrists ordinarily treats depression after a miscarriage with:

Since brain chemistry is often a factor in major depression, your doctor may prescribe antidepressants to help relieve your symptoms. It may take a couple of weeks for symptoms to improve, but if you don’t show any improvement after a few weeks, your psychiatrist can modify the dose or prescribe a different antidepressant. It’s another reason to seek help from a psychiatrist who manages your medications.

Does Psychotherapy Really Work?

Talk therapy plays an integral role in your recovery. The treatment includes one or more of:

  • Individual therapy, during which you build a one-on-one trusting relationship with your doctor
  • Family therapy, which helps because often everyone in your family is affected by the loss
  • Group therapy, because talking with others who’ve undergone the same experience can be very therapeutic, and support groups help you see that you’re not alone

The sooner your depression is diagnosed, the sooner you can obtain the care you need to reduce your symptoms. If you’re experiencing symptoms of depression after a miscarriage, whether the miscarriage happened recently or months ago, talk to a doctor. Depression can affect every aspect of your life, and your symptoms may continue to get worse without treatment.

When Should I Get Help for Miscarriage Depression?

The sooner your depression is diagnosed, the sooner you can obtain the care you need to reduce your symptoms. If you’re experiencing symptoms of depression after a miscarriage, whether the miscarriage happened recently or months ago, talk to a doctor. Depression can affect every aspect of your life, and your symptoms may continue to get worse without treatment.

Miscarriage depression treatment reduces symptoms of depression and improves your quality of life. Online Psychiatrists is committed to helping you find effective care for depression after a miscarriage or any other mental health conditions. Contact the practice today to begin seeing results quickly.

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