Monday, March 30, 2009
New Book about One Mom's Experience with PPD
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.
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. Between them, they experienced insomnia, loss of appetite, nervousness/hypervigilance about their babies, suicidal thoughts, escape fantasies, feelings of worthlessness, anger, guilt, hopelessness, agitation, inability to concentrate, joylessness and other symptoms associated with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). They both made full recoveries.
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 also offers individual, partner and group counseling, crisis intervention, family support, health and wellness counseling, and yoga for the pre-natal and postpartum mother. Please reach out to Melissa directly for inquiries about individual treatment. Melissa 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
If you are a pregnant or post-partum woman experiencing Depression, Anxiety, Psychosis and/or other mood challenges, you are welcome to join our group. We advise that you also reach out to your medical provider to receive treatment for these mental illnesses. Group can also be used as an adjunct to any private psychotherapy you may be receiving or you may inquire about private therapy with Melissa Paschke in addition to Brooklyn PPD Support Group. The group meets twice monthly, and babies are welcome to join us. 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 joining, please reach out to Melissa. You are encouraged to attend as many meetings as you wish. Please understand that 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 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.
For more information about the symptoms of and recovery from PMAD please see our section titled "Helpful Websites". We are growing this site and will be adding more educational information, strategies for recovery, and resources for partners, family and friends in the near future.
You are not alone
This is not your fault
You will feel better