Monday, March 30, 2009

New Book about One Mom's Experience with PPD

The book is by Beth Benoliel and is titled, "My Daughter's Smile." It will be available for purchase in about three weeks at Booklocker.com and on Amazon. Here is the description from the book jacket:

At 39 years old and just having had my first child, I never imagined that I could be dealing with postpartum depression. None of the baby books that I read while I was pregnant could have ever prepared me for what was ahead.
After my baby was born, whenever I cried or felt sad everyone just kept telling me that I had the baby blues or that it was my hormones still out of sorts. I was not sleeping; I couldn't eat; I was anxious and nervous all the time. I suffered panic attacks, and then eventually I thought I was going to lose my mind and hurt my baby. I was living in fear.
It took four months before I was finally diagnosed with postpartum depression and put on medication. I sought out therapy and started doing my own research.
This book is to let whoever reads it know that postpartum depression shows itself in many different forms. There are [sic] an array of symptoms for this illness. However, with therapy and possibly medication you can see the light at the end of the tunnel and make it through. I have proved it. If you read my story you will know that you are not alone.

New Research Concerning Moms of Multiples and PPD

A recent study at Johns Hopkins University found that moms of multiples are more likely to experience PPD symptoms at nine months postpartum than moms of singletons. Click here for more details.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Postpartum Psychosis to Be Considered a Legal Defense in Texas

A step in the right direction for women who suffer from postpartum psychosis, a devastating illness that affects less than .2% of new mothers. Click here to read more about this proposed Texas House bill.

Friday, March 20, 2009

April Meeting

The Brooklyn PPD Support group for April will be on Monday, April 27 at Everyday Athlete, 136 Union Street between Columbia and Hicks streets at 7pm (visit http://www.everydayathletestudio.com/ and click on "contact" for a map).

If you are interested in attending the group, please be sure to RSVP to Molly (mollyatperyerdotorg ; 917-549-6012) or Chris (motherthemother.chrisatyahoodotcom ; 917-771-6359) at least two hours prior to the start of the meeting.

The groups are free, confidential and last approximately an hour and fifteen minutes. Babies are welcome.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Meeting Time Changed

This week's meeting will begin at 8:00 pm (instead of the usual 7:00) on Thursday, March 19 at Everyday Athlete on Union Street, between Hicks and Columbia. Please be sure to RSVP to Molly via email (mollyatperyerdotorg) or phone (917-549-6012) at least two hours prior to the start of the meeting if you plan to attend.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

March Meeting Schedule

The Brooklyn PPD Support groups for March will be on Thursday March
5th and Thursday March 19 (this is a change from the usual Tuesday to Thursday
night) Meetings are at The Everyday Athlete, 136 Union Street
between Columbia and Hicks streets at 7pm (visit
http://www.everydayathletestudio.com/ and click on "contact" for a map).

If you are interested in participating in the group, please contact
Molly (molly@peryer.org ; 917-549-6012) or Chris
(motherthemother.chris@yahoo.com ;917-771-6359).

The groups are free, confidential and last approximately an hour and
fifteen minutes. Babies are welcome.

Who We Are

Brooklyn PPD Support was started in 2006 by Molly Peryer and Chris Lindsay-Abaire, two moms of young boys who each struggled with Post-Partum Depression and Anxiety. They both made full recoveries. PMADs have the following symptoms: insomnia, loss of appetite, nervousness/hypervigilance, suicidal thoughts, escape fantasies, feelings of worthlessness, anger, guilt, sadness, grief, hopelessness, agitation, inability to concentrate, joylessness. You may experience one or some of these symptoms over a period of time.

In Spring of 2014, Brooklyn PPD Support was joined by Melissa Paschke, LCSW. Her intention was to bring a new voice, experience and professional model to the peer support group. Melissa is an LCSW who has been practicing medical social work since 1994. She is also a mother of two boys and a certified yoga instructor. Melissa offers individual, partner and group therapy, crisis intervention, family support, health and wellness counseling, and yoga for the pre-natal and postpartum woman. She is a graduate of Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work and holds advanced clinical training certificates from the NYU Silver School of Social Work and Seleni Institute.

Please contact Melissa for information about group participation or individual therapy.

See Melissa on Psychology Today: https://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/prof_detail.php?profid=293007&search=11231&ref=10&sid=1492869015.7836_3799&zipcode=11231&tr=ResultsName
What We Do

If you are a pregnant or post-partum woman experiencing Stress, Depression, Anxiety, and/or other mood challenges, you are welcome to join our group. We advise that you also reach out to your medical provider to be assessed for any psychopharmacological needs. Group can also be used as a complement to any private psychotherapy you may be receiving, or you may inquire about private therapy with Melissa Paschke, LCSW in addition to Brooklyn PPD Support Group.

Brooklyn PPD Support is currently offering groups in Manhattan and Brooklyn. There is a suggested fee of $35 to attend. It is our wish to remove as many barriers to treatment as possible, so if childcare or added financial burdens are preventing you from attending, please reach out to Melissa. You are encouraged to attend as many meetings as you wish. This is a closed group; only women experiencing symptoms of a perinatal mood disorder will be allowed to participate. Graduate students, researchers and well-meaning friends and partners may not sit in on meetings.

Emotional support from empathic listeners is one key part of expediting a woman's recovery from PMADs. Ours is a safe, confidential, nonjudgmental environment where women can share their experiences. Women in all stages of stress, illness and recovery are welcome. Even if you aren't sure or formally diagnosed with a PMAD, you are welcome. We are here to share, witness and validate each others experiences. We can also facilitate referrals for any additional treatment or supportive services that may be needed.

Postpartum Support International's Universal Message:

You are not alone
This is not your fault
You will feel better