Women face unique transformations at different stages of their lives, but facing issues alone shouldn’t be one of them. When feeling depressed or overwhelmed, help is available.
“As we get older, we face challenging life changes, many we did not expect or plan for,” said Brian Kelty, MD, a psychiatrist with CHI Saint Joseph Health – Behavioral Health. “It’s important to reach out to others and not struggle alone.”
Through the Years
While emotional unrest is common during the teenage years, and after giving birth, many women also experience “the baby blues.” Hormonal changes can cause mood swings, loss of appetite and trouble sleeping. While this usually lasts only a few days, 1 in 9 new mothers develops postpartum depression, a much more serious condition that requires treatment.
“If you are feeling depressed during pregnancy or after having a baby, you don’t have to suffer alone,” Dr. Kelty said. “Reach out to a loved one and your health care provider.”
As women get older, menopause can also bring on depression and mood swings. These symptoms often subside over time, but if you are struggling, your provider can discuss treatment options with you.
Dr. Kelty stresses that taking good care of yourself can help your mental health at any age.
“Eating right, exercising, getting enough sleep, practicing mindfulness, expressing gratitude, doing things you enjoy, and staying connected with friends and loved ones are all good for your mental health,” he said. “But if you are having mental health challenges, you should seek help and support.”
For behavioral health services at CHI Saint Joseph Health, call 502.451.3333.