Every woman who suffers from Postpartum Depression (PPD) should know that she is NOT ALONE! PPD is a temporary and very treatable condition. Proper diagnosis is the first step. It is recommended that a professional specializing in working with postpartum mothers establish an accurate diagnosis. Find out about Perinatal Mood Disorders Treatment at Fourth-Trimester.
A psychotherapist or psychiatrist who specializes in treating PPD, should have extensive experience working with perinatal women, should be familiar with PPD resources available in his or her community, and should belong to one of the major organizations that provides PPD related support and education, such as Postpartum Support International.
Counseling or psychotherapy with a specialist can be extremely helpful. PPD is different from other types of depression or anxiety. So is its treatment. An improper course of treatment can cause more harm than help. Support groups can provide a safe environment where mothers can share their concerns with others who are experiencing similar difficulties.
They are also a good place to meet other new parents. In some cases, medication may be necessary to treat the symptoms. Breastfeeding mothers should consult a doctor who has experience prescribing medications to nursing mothers.
A focus on proper nutrition can also help. Some medical professionals stress the importance of foods containing omega-3 essential fatty acids, amino acids and stress reducing vitamins to help alleviate depression. There are other alternative treatments some women have used successfully. You should always consult with your doctor before trying any such treatments, especially if you are breastfeeding.
Csilla Andor, MSW, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in Oregon who specializes in treating emotional difficulties related to the baby blues, pregnancy, the postpartum period, miscarriage, pregnancy loss, infant loss, infertility and adoption.
Csilla offers individual, couples, and family therapy in Corvallis and Eugene, Oregon. She provides phone sessions to clients living in the states of Oregon and California. She offers counseling/ psychotherapy sessions in clients’ home in Corvallis, Eugene, and in nearby communities, such as Albany, Sweet Home, Lebanon, Salem, Newport, etc.
Csilla is currently the Oregon Co-Coordinator of Postpartum Support International (PSI), a non-profit organization that provides support, education and advocacy related to prenatal or postpartum mood disorders. Through her volunteer work with PSI, Csilla provides free phone and email support to pregnant and postpartum mothers and their family members. She runs the free WellMama Pregnancy-Postpartum Stress Support Group in Eugene, OR, www.WellMama.net.
Csilla is a member of the Lane County Perinatal Mood Disorders Consortium in Eugene, and works with numerous healthcare professionals and agencies in Oregon to help improve mental health services to perinatal women and their families.