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Postpartum Depression Specialist

Megan Baerny, CRNA -  - Ketamine Infusion Clinic

Repose

Megan Baerny, CRNA

Ketamine Infusion Clinic located in Lake Oswego, OR

Life changes when you have a baby. If you’re unable to manage persistent feelings of depression, anxiety, or frequent mood swings, you might have postpartum depression. At Repose, Megan Baerny, CRNA, offers comprehensive ketamine infusion therapy in Lake Oswego, Oregon. If traditional antidepressant medications don’t work, ketamine infusions can provide quick relief from postpartum depression symptoms. Find out how ketamine infusions can treat your postpartum depression by calling Repose today or booking an appointment online.

Postpartum Depression Q & A

What is postpartum depression?

Postpartum depression is a severe, long-lasting form of depression that develops in some women soon after childbirth.

It’s normal to experience baby blues — mood swings, anxiety, and sleeping difficulties — after having a baby because of all the changes in your life. However, postpartum depression is serious and should be evaluated by a professional.

Though the cause of postpartum depression is not known, it may be related to the physical and hormonal changes your body undergoes during childbirth.

The emotional impact of childbirth and the lack of sleep caring for a new baby can also play a role in postpartum depression.

What are the symptoms of postpartum depression?

Postpartum depression symptoms vary from woman to woman. Some of the most common signs you have postpartum depression rather than just the baby blues include:

  • Hopelessness
  • Excessive crying
  • Depressed mood
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Tendency to isolate
  • Loss of interest in your newborn
  • Loss of appetite or overeating

A woman suffering from postpartum depression can also have difficulty bonding with her baby. She might entertain thoughts of harming herself or her child.

If you experience any of these symptoms or have concerns about your mental and emotional health, seek treatment right away. If medications and other therapies are not relieving your symptoms of postpartum depression, you could be a candidate for ketamine therapy.

How does ketamine treat postpartum depression?

Ketamine is an anesthesia medication traditionally used in surgery. In low doses, ketamine can also treat mental health conditions and mood disorders, including postpartum depression.

By slowly infusing ketamine into your bloodstream, ketamine rebuilds neural connections in your brain to relieve the symptoms of postpartum depression and stabilize your mood.

Ketamine also binds to the N-methyl-D-Aspartate (NMDA) receptors in your brain to increase the levels of glutamate, an important neurotransmitter that helps regulate your mood.

If you think ketamine may help your symptoms of postpartum depression, call Repose or request a consultation online today.