Meghan McCain opens up about her battle with postpartum anxiety after the birth of her daughter Liberty, explaining that she sometimes struggled to leave her home.
The old one Seen co-host, who gave birth to daughter Liberty in September 2020, said People that she lived with debilitating anxiety following Liberty’s birth – pain she compared to the 2018 death of her father, Senator John McCain. “This is the second hardest thing I have ever done besides my dad [Sen. John McCain] die, ”she said.
McCain said she was sometimes afraid to take her daughter outside, fearing that she would be kidnapped. “I wanted to [my husband] Ben to hire armed guards outside our house, ”she told the outlet, adding that her behavior was“ really paranoid, like taking a shower and barely functioning ”. McCain said her anxiety was so severe that last Halloween the thought of taking Liberty out left her in tears. “I really had a hard time doing something as simple as leaving the house with a baby in a stroller. “
“It’s hard to explain because [motherhood] is amazing, but it’s scary, ”McCain said. “And I found it overwhelming at the same time.”
McCain realized that something was seriously wrong during a visit to his daughter’s pediatrician. After completing a basic postpartum questionnaire, McCain said the doctor “pulled me aside and said, ‘You have to talk to someone. “”
Although postpartum depression is a widely discussed problem, it is not the only postpartum mood disorder. According to The International Journal of Women’s Health, the incidence of anxiety disorders in the first six months of childbirth is estimated to range from 6.1% to 27.9%. And just as postpartum depression is more than the “baby blues,” postpartum anxiety is more than just fear that your baby is too hot in their romper.
Postpartum anxiety is characterized by racing thoughts, difficulty concentrating, inability to sleep or eat, intrusive thoughts, anger or irritability, and paranoia. Symptoms can be mild or severe, and not all people with ASF experience all symptoms. The good news is that ASF is treatable. Therapeutic approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy have been shown to be effective in managing symptoms. There are also medicines that are considered safe for those who are breastfeeding or expressing their milk, but be sure to talk to your doctor before starting any treatment, whether prescription, over the counter, herbal, or homeopathic.
McCain said she started to feel better after starting antidepressants and resuming treatment for the first time since her father died. As she said People, “Having a professional tell you that you are not crazy and that you can solve problems, to me, has been amazing.”
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