*Disclaimer* This is not medical advice. This is just what I wish we could have found when we were in a crises to know what to do and what to expect.
If you are in immediate help go to the ER, call your physician, or call the Suicide Prevention Hotline- 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
- Finding Help
If you are in need of help contact your physician, OBGYN, midwife, or therapist. You may also go to Postpartum Support International and they will tell you of your local resources.
In some cases medication is a necessary tool in healing. Your physician may be able to handle this but there are situations that a psychiatrist will need to be involved. Your Dr. will be able access if you’ll need to bring a psychiatrist onto your medical team.
- Find a therapist
If you are not working with a therapist find a local therapist who is specialized in postpartum mental health. Having a therapist who is trained to handle your specific situation is critical.
In severe cases your medical team may suggest hospitalization. They are suggesting this because they feel like they need to insure your safety and get you immediate help. This is the best way to insure both those things.
Most importantly do not stay silent. Advocate for yourself until you get the help you need to heal.