What is Postpartum Depression?
Postpartum depression is depression suffered by a mother following childbirth, typically arising from the combination of hormonal changes, psychological adjustment to motherhood, and fatigue however the symptoms of depression could be displayed during any phase of Perinatal. It is the most under-diagnosed obstetric complication in the US as of 2010. Because the burden of depression and other mental health distress is so high for mothers and their children and is often overlooked. It is the most common complication of childbearing. This 10-question self-rating scale has been proven to be an efficient and effective way of identifying patients at risk for “perinatal” depression. While this test was specifically designed for women who are pregnant or have just had a baby, it has also been shown to be an effective measure for general depression in the larger population.
How Can Mindfulness Help?
Using mind-body techniques to deal with Perinatal Mood Disorders can be the most efficient way to facilitate healing during any Perinatal phase. Once an individual completes the Postpartum Scale and identifies areas of therapeutic improvement they would schedule a consultation with me. Together we will identify goals using mindfulness to eliminate anxiety, stress, depression related to postpartum.
Postpartum Support International (PSI) www.postpartum.net or 800-944-4PP
The Recovery Village: www.ridgefieldrecovery.com/drugs/related/pregnancy-and-substance-abuse/ or call 855-746-0903
Mindfulness Techniques for Perinatal Disorders