Approximately one in five women will experience depression or anxiety during pregnancy and the period after delivery. Referred to as perinatal or postpartum depression this is due to shifts in your biology which are effectively treated with brief psychotherapy. Getting treatment is important for both you and your child. Untreated depression and anxiety is not only a problem for the mother’s health and quality of life, but can cause bonding issues with the baby and can contribute to sleeping and feeding problems as well. Fortunately, short term therapies are available so that you can get back to truly enjoying the happiness and excitement of a new baby.
According to ASBS, the ideal psychological evaluation for bariatric surgery candidates should assess the patient’s cognitive functioning, rationale for surgery, current coping strategies (maladaptive eating attitudes and behaviors), and psychopathology.
The psychological evaluation should also evaluate the patient’s developmental history and current life situation to screen for a history of trauma, relationship problems, significant stressors, utilization of social supports, and identify level of motivation and expectations.
Carter Psychology Center utilizes the best psychological measures to ensure that the national guidelines for this surgery are being met.