Stressed Out Parent or Post Partum Depression (PPD)?

If you are feeling stressed out and feeling alone? Do you find youself wondering if you could have post partum depression (PPD)? Here are a list of warning signs from the Post Partum Depression Center as well as personal experiences and stories from local parents.

 

IN THIS ARTICLE

 

Warning Signs of PPD

Resources:

 - support groups

- on post pregnancy mood disorders & depression, etc

 - public figures on PPD

 - books

 - articles from around the web

 

Disclaimer:

These posts have not been checked for accuracy but are instead listed to show the complexity and emotionality of PPD. The content is for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for mental health and medical advice.

ParkSlopeParents.com is not intended to, and does not, provide mental health and medical advice diagnosis or treatment.  Never disregard professional medical and mental health advice, or delay in seeking it, because of something you have read on the PSP Yahoo! Group or on the PSP.com web site.

Never rely on information in an e-mail or on our web site in place of seeking professional mental health and medical advice.

 

 Warning Signs:

 

Here are some Questions to ask yourself if you think you may have PPD:

 

Do You…

  • Have trouble sleeping?
  • Find you’re exhausted most of the time?
  • Notice a decrease in your appetite?
  • Worry about little things that never used to bother you?
  • Wonder if you’ll ever have time to yourself again?
  • Think your children would be better off without you?
  • Worry that your husband will get tired of you feeling this way?
  • Snap at your husband and children over everything?
  • Think everyone else is a better mother than you are?
  • Cry over the slightest thing?
  • No longer enjoy the things you used to enjoy?
  • Isolate yourself from your friends and neighbors?
  • Fear leaving the house or being alone?
  • Have anxiety attacks?
  • Have unexplained anger?
  • Have difficulty concentrating?
  • Think something else is wrong with you or your marriage?
  • Feel like you will always feel this way and never get better?

 

Many new mothers will experience some of these feelings.  If you answered yes to more than three of these questions, you may have postpartum depression (PPD).  PPD affects 20-30% of all postpartum women.  It is a real illness.  It is very treatable.  Do not deny yourself the opportunity to feel good again.  Do not let misinformation, uncertainty, shame, finances, embarrassment, or denial get in the way of you seeking the help you need.  Talk to your doctor.  Talk to your husband.  Once you decide to seek treatment, you will be on the road to feeling better…

 

The above is reprinted with permission from The Postpartum Stress Center, 1062 Lancaster Avenue, Suite 2, Rosemont, PA 19010.  Phone: 610-525-7527.  www.postpartumstress.com

 

 RESOURCES:

 

Support Groups:

 

Brooklyn PPD Support
www.brooklynppdsupport.org, established a peer-to-peer support group in Brooklyn in 2006 as a place where pregnant and postpartum women can get support if they think they are at risk for PPD or other perinatal mood disorder, are experiencing symptoms and need further help and resources, or are in the care of a therapist and want to attend the group as part of their treatment plan. The group is free, meets monthly, and babies are welcome to join us. Women are encouraged to attend for as many meetings as they feel are helpful, whether once for information or monthly for ongoing support. Please note that the function of this group is to provide a forum for the exchange of peer support. It does not replace care provided by a licensed mental health practitioner. Please understand that this is a closed group; only women experiencing symptoms of a perinatal mood disorder will be allowed to participate. Graduate students, researchers and well-meaning friends and partners may not sit in on meetings.  Participation is free but RSVPs are required. Brooklyn PPD Support  will give you the address details when you RSVP. Contact Molly Peryer (mollyatperyerdotorg; call 917-549-6012) or Chris Lindsay-Abaire (motherthemotherdotchrisatyahoodotcom; 917-771-6359).

 

Postpartum Resource Center of New York
www.postpartumny.org,
This is a self-help organization established to provide emotional support, educational information and healthcare and support group referrals to mothers suffering from prenatal and postpartum depression (PPD).

 

Postpartum Support International
www.postpartum.net
805-967-7637

 

Postpartum Education for Parents
www.sbpep.org
805-564-3888

 

The Online PPD Support Group
www.ppdsupportpage.com

 

The National Women's Health Information Center
www.womenshealth.gov
1-800-9949662

 

ON POST PREGNANCY MOOD DISORDERS, DEPRESSION, etc: 

 

http://www.postpartum.net/News-and-Events/Recent-Press-Releases.aspx

http://www.postpartum.net/Resources/PSI-Brochure.aspx

http://www.empowher.com/mental-health/content/may-declared-national-maternal-depression-awareness-month

http://www.ccf.wa.gov/ppd/home.htm

http://www.nj.gov/health/fhs/postpartumdepression/pdf/PPD-brochure.pdf

 http://www.postpartumprogress.com/the-symptoms-of-postpartum-depression-anxiety-in-plain-mama-english 

 

Public figures on PPD: 

 

http://www.webmd.com/depression/postpartum-depression/features/brooke-shields-depression-struggle

http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Postpartum-Depression

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/01/opinion/01shields.html

http://goop.com/newsletter/93/?utm_source=Goop+Newsletter&utm_campaign=2ba28b6b37-Goop93_07_22_2010&utm_medium=email

http://www.ontheredcarpet.com/Gwyneth-Paltrow-on-post-partum-depression:-I-felt-like-a-zombie/8639470

http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-moms/news/gwyneth-paltrows-husband-chris-martin-helped-her-realize-she-had-postpartum-depression-2012274

http://mommyish.com/stuff/gwyneth-paltrow-courteney-cox-more-celebrity-moms-who-battled-postpartum-depression-950/

 

 Books:

 

A Silent Sorrow, Pregnancy Loss, Guidance and Support for You and Your Family by Ingrid Kohn, MSW and Perry-Lynn Moffitt

Down Came the Rain by Brooke Shields

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression is a resource with anecdotal, scientific and historical accounts of depression.

"Beyond the Blues": A Guide to Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depresson by Shoshana Bennett.

The Mother-to-Mother Postpartum Depression Support Book - Sandra Poulin

Post-Natal Depression: Psychology, Science and the Transition to Motherhood (Women and Psychology) - Paula Nicolson;

Overcoming Postpartum Depression and Anxiety by Linda Sebastian

 

 Articles & useful links from around the web:

 

http://www.usmagazine.com/gwyneth-paltrow-i-battled-post-partum-depression

http://www.postpartum.net/index.html

http://video.ivillage.com/player/?id=43585

http://www.womens-wellbeing-and-mental-health.com

http://www.mimivillage.com

http://www.postpartumny.org/resource_directory.htm

http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/brooke-shields-depression-struggle?page=1

http://www.cognitivetherapynyc.com/default.asp

http://www.drsharilusskin.com

http://www.emorywomensprogram.org/aboutus.asp

http://www.postpartumprogress.com/

 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/16/health/thinking-of-ways-to-harm-her.html?src=me&ref=general

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/17/health/maternal-mental-illness-can-arrive-months-after-baby.html?contentCollection=health&action=click&module=NextInCollection&region=Footer&pgtype=article  

 

 

A Mother's Postpartum Depression Bill of Rights:

 

http://www.postpartumprogress.com/six-things-a-mothers-postpartum-depression-bill-of-rights

 

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