Post Partum Depression

May 4, 2008 8:26:53 AM PDT
Get some tips for dealing with post partum depression. Symptoms:
  • Feelings of inadequacy (loss of confidence, worthlessness, not a good mother )
  • Difficulty bonding with the baby (thoughts of hurting baby, don't recognize baby as their own)
  • Difficulty functioning for a prolonged period of time (sleeping,eating, daily activites)
  • Anxiety/panic attacks
  • Crying spells
Healthcare Alternative Systems, Inc., has been a leading non-profit provider of English and Spanish behavioral health care in the Chicago area since 1974. H.A.S. provides prevention, intervention, treatment and residential services for substance abuse for men, women and youth; domestic violence services for victims and perpetrators; treatment for Postpartum Depression; and testing, counseling, education and residential services for HIV/AIDS. Each year, services are provided to some 6,000 individuals and families in Chicagoland regardless of the ability to pay.

POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION (PPD)

PPD is a mood disorder affecting pregnant and new mothers. The onset tends to be gradual and may persist for many months, or develop into a second bout following a subsequent pregnancy. It affects approximately 15% of all childbearing women. This is a serious problem that disrupts the lives of the women and their families yet more than 95% of women go undiagnosed and untreated. Many women feel ashamed they are not coping and may conceal their difficulties. In some cases, women may not even be aware themselves.

IT IS VERY TREATABLE BUT UNTREATED, IT POSES HEALTH RISKS: Depressed mothers receive less pre-natal care, use more alcohol, drugs and cigarettes, eat less nutritionally, and have more pre-term births. The newborns often have low-birth weights and disturbed bonding with their mothers. As the child develops, depression, lower IQ, and health problems may result. To find out more about Postpartum Depression, please go the the Postpartum Depression Alliance of Illinois at www.PPDIL.org or Postpartum Support International at www.postpartum.net.

TOP WARNING SIGNS: -Feelings of inadequacy (loss of confidence, worthlessness, not a good mother ) -Difficulty bonding with the baby (thoughts of hurting baby, don't recognize baby as their own) -Difficulty functioning for a prolonged period of time (sleeping,eating, daily activites) - Anxiety/panic attacks - Crying spells

***Important difference between postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis

Psychosis is much more severe but very rare. It is characterized by a loss of touch with reality and hallucination to kill the infant or that the baby is possessed. Psychosis is a very serious emergency requiring immediate medical attention.

Luncheon/restaurant Info:

Healthcare Alternative Systems, Inc. (H.A.S.) is proud to announce Treating Moms Well, a Mothers Day Awards Luncheon. The luncheon is a fundraiser to help H.A.S. expand Postpartum Depression treatment services for mothers who cannot afford to pay for treatment. The luncheon is in honor of the extraordinary mothers in all our lives and in recognition of Postpartum Depression month also in May.

WHEN: Friday, May 9, 2008, 1 pm to 3 pm

WHERE: East Bank Club, 500 North Kingsbury, Chicago

DONATION: $100 per ticket

Healthcare Alternative Systems, Inc. (H.A.S.) is proud to announce it's partnership with several Chicago restaurants to Treat Moms Well this Mother's Day Weekend on May 10th and 11th, 2008. Participating restaurants are donating a portion of their Mother's Day proceeds to help expand Postpartum Depression (PPD) treatment services at H.A.S. for mothers who cannot afford to pay for treatment.

Participating Restaurants:

  • Andies Restaurant, 5253 N. Clark, (773) 784-8616, andiesres.com
  • Cafe 28, 1800 W. Irving Park Road, (773) 528-2883, cafe28.org
  • Caliente, 2556 W. Fullerton, (773) 772-4355, calientechicago.com
  • Cielito Lindo, 2253 W. Taylor Street, (312) 738-1686 Coco, 2723 W. Division, (773) 384-4811, cocochicago.com
  • Diana's Food and Restaurant, 1000 N. Francisco, (773) 235-9218
  • Haro Tapas and Pintxos, 2436 S. Oakley, (773) 847-2400, harotapas.com
  • Jack's on Halsted, 3201 N. Halsted, (773)-244-9191, jacksonhalsted.com
  • Santorini, 800 W. Adams, (312) 829-8820, santorinichicago.com
Individual restaurants should be contacted for reservations and hours of operation.

For more information visit www.treatingmomswell.org.


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