Thursday, May 14, 2009

Excellent Overview of PPD and Related Disorders

This short article clearly describes how PPD differs from the baby blues, postpartum psychosis, and other postnatal mood disorders. It also describes research findings concerning the effects of SSRI antidepressants on breastfed infants.

Treating PPD without Medication

In some cases, it is possible to recover from PPD without the use of prescription medication. Click here if you are interested in reading about one woman's successful recovery plan that did not include medication.

Recent Study on Acupuncture to Help Treat Depression

Click here for the article.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

May and June Meetings

The Brooklyn PPD Support group for May will be on Monday, May 11th at 7pm.  There are two meetings in June, Monday June 8th at 7pm and Monday June 22nd at 7pm.  Meetings are held at the Everyday Athlete, 136 Union Street between Columbia and Hicks streets (visit 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.
What Are PMADs?

PMADs have the following symptoms: insomnia, loss of appetite, nervousness/hypervigilance, frightening and/or suicidal thoughts, escape fantasies, feelings of worthlessness, anger, guilt, sadness/crying, grief, hopelessness, agitation, inability to concentrate, joylessness, sleeplessness/restlessness, appetite changes. You may experience one or some of these symptoms over a period of time.

Founded in 2006, Molly Coffin and Chris Lindsay-Abaire co-created the peer support they needed in their community. In Spring of 2014, Brooklyn PPD Support was joined by Melissa Paschke, LCSW. Melissa has been practicing medical social work since 1994. She is also a mother of two boys and a 500 hour+ certified yoga teacher. Melissa offers individual, partner and group therapies, crisis intervention, family support, health/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 and partner therapy.

See Melissa on Psychology Today:

What is Brooklyn PPD Support?

If you are a pregnant or post-partum woman experiencing Stress, Depression, Anxiety, and/or other mood challenges, you are welcome to join this group. It is advised 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 Groups.

Brooklyn PPD Support is currently offering groups by Zoom, as per COVID-19 restrictions. There is a suggested fee of $40 to attend. It is the primary intention of Brooklyn PPD Support to remove as many barriers to participation as possible, so if fees 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 PMADs will be allowed to participate. Graduate students, researchers and well-meaning partners may not sit in on meetings.

Emotional support from empathic listeners is one key part of expediting a woman's recovery from PMADs. This offering is a safe, confidential, nonjudgmental environment where women can share their experiences. Women in all stages of stress, illness and recovery are welcome. If you aren't sure or formally diagnosed with a PMAD, you are welcome. You are also welcome if your child is older, but you relate to the stressors described. We are women helping women to share, witness and support each others' experiences. This is a professionally facilitated group led by a licensed clinical social worker who will also offer appropriate 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