Help for moms with postpartum depression available at Far West Center

The birth of a new baby can be joyous and rewarding. However, the demands of motherhood can also be overwhelming. It can be difficult for moms to find the time and energy to take care of her new baby and herself.

Maybe you are feeling moody, depressed, anxious, tearful, hopeless or sad? Nearly one in 12 women experience postpartum depression in the weeks and months after giving birth. Postpartum depression is a serious form of depression new mothers often experience from three to 12 months after delivery. Postpartum depression can develop after the birth of any child, not just the first. Even though postpartum depression is very common, only a small fraction of women who experience it ever get the help they need!

Postpartum depression may appear to be the “baby blues” at first, but the signs and symptoms are more intense and longer lasting. These symptoms will begin to interfere with the mother’s ability to care for her baby and handle other daily tasks. Postpartum depression symptoms may include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Intense irritability and anger
  • Overwhelming fatigue
  • Lack of joy in life
  • Feelings of shame, guilt or inadequacy
  • Severe mood swings
  • Difficulty bonding with the baby
  • Withdrawal from family and friends
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or the baby

The "Help for Mom" program at Far West Center in Westlake helps women who are experiencing postpartum depression. The program consists of an assessment, individual counseling, psychiatric care and a weekly educational group. Group sessions are held on Tuesday mornings. Childcare is available for each mother while she attends group sessions.

Call 440-835-6212, ext. 243, for more information or to schedule an assessment.

Alicia Bright

I am the Help for Mom program coordinator at the Far West Center. I work with moms who are at risk of or currently suffering with postpartum depression.

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Volume 4, Issue 15, Posted 10:12 AM, 07.24.2012