Postpartum Depression: Naming the Pink Elephant (Rat) in the Room

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Common sense disclaimer: this blog is not intended to diagnose or treat Postpartum Depression (PPD). For a list of resource referrals for PPD screening and treatment, see end of blog.

Recently, I attended a talk at a well-known research university and teaching hospital in San Francisco on the maternal brain. I was so excited to learn more about how the brain is affected during pregnancy and postpartum for mothers, especially as it affects women in recovery, women who struggle with Postpartum Depression (PPD), and their bonds with their children, I excitedly prepared to meet other clinicians and mommies working with mommies and their postpartum brains.

To Read the full article, go here: http://psychedinsanfrancisco.com/?s=postpartum+depression

If you have PPD or if you are in exhausted new Mommy boot camp, consider that your vulnerability is actually your greatest gift. Consider that the emptiness is the way out, because the way out is through.

Helpful links/Resources:

National Postpartum Depression Hotline: 1-800-PPD-MOMS

Suicide Prevention & Crisis Hotline
(415) 499-1100
It is important for women who might be experiencing suicidal thoughts/ideas/plans to call this number.

Postpartum Support International to provide resources in your area:
http://www.postpartum.net/Get-Help/Support-Resources-Map-Area-Coordinators.aspx

TALK Line
Parental stress, child abuse prevention, emergency respite care, single parent network, parents’ group, crisis counseling, substance abuse services and ongoing therapy. 
(415) 441-KIDS (5437)
TALK
www.talklineforparents.org/

GoldenGate Mother’s Group therapist referrals and resources:

http://www.ggmg.org/recommends/Postpartum.html

Postpartum Stress Center:

http://postpartumstress.com/helpful-links/

Linda Shanti McCabe holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and works with women (including pre and postpartum) recovering from food, weight, and body image issues. She holds SoulCollage® groups for women (including pregnant and postpartum) using expressive arts to find and express the many parts of the Self. You can find her at: WWW.DrLindaShanti.com

 

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