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Mental Health

What is Mental Health?

Mental health is more than just an absence of disease; it’s a state in which your psychological, mental, and emotional well-being are balanced and functioning properly. Everyone needs mental health support at one point or another. 

Your mental health has an impact on how you think, feel, and act. When things become out of balance, a cascade of negative effects can follow. Supporting your mental health helps you remain resilient, capable, and strong. 

What are some common mental health issues new parents face?

Welcoming a new member into your family is exciting but can also be incredibly stressful. Everything about your normal routines and even the fundamental shape of your family changes, and many people need time and support as they adapt. 

New parents often aren’t getting the sleep they need, which can exacerbate mental health challenges. Anxiety is common, now that you have another loved one to care for and worry about. These issues affect all new parents, especially those with additional challenges or preexisting mental health conditions. 

Parents who experience depression often notice pervasive feelings of sadness and hopelessness. They might not gain enjoyment from things they once loved, or they may withdraw from friends and family. 

Anxiety is also common among new parents with seemingly endless things to worry about, including whether you’re fully prepared to care for this tiny new human. Without the proper support, it’s easy to quickly become overwhelmed. 

Postpartum depression is a serious mental health issue that affects many new mothers, and research shows that partners can also experience a form of postpartum depression. If you notice persistent changes in your mood, find it hard to complete daily tasks, or have troubling thoughts, schedule a visit right away. 

Why are Mental Health services important for new parents?

The best way to take good care of your children is to ensure you are functioning at peak levels. This includes supporting your mental health. While it might feel selfish to focus on yourself when you have an infant who depends on you, supporting your body and mind helps you become a better parent. 

Never hesitate to reach out for mental health support or any other primary care service. Your care team can help you navigate the transition into parenthood and keep your entire family on track for optimal health and wellness.

Booking a visit takes just moments online or by phone, so don’t delay

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