Most moms we talk with ask…What caused this? How will I get better? Who do I turn to for help? We decided to make the answers simple!! After all, you have enough to overwhelm you right now. Below are the explanations for what has caused you to experience a postpartum mood disorder and what you need to do and who you need to turn to in order to recover successfully. And remember…we are here to help you every step of the way. You WILL be well again. We are living proof. The 3 Things that Caused PPD Biological Changes Psychological Life Stressors Struggles & Lack of Support The 3 Things That Will Help You Recovery Medical Attention Therapy Find Social Support Call the Postpartum resource Center of Kansas by calling our support line at 913.677.1300. One of us, who has survived PPD, will call you back within 24 hours. Medical Attention Doctors need to rule out other factors (like thyroid dysfunction). They need to monitor your medication each week or every two weeks in the beginning. And medication can take time to do their job and reach levels that will help you feel well! Everyone’s brain is different so sometimes different medication need to be tried before you find the right ones. Be patient!! Types of Medical Professionals to Contact: OB/GYN Family Practitioner Nurse Practitioner Psychiatrist Therapy Therapy will help you find ways to cope with your situation, gain skills to deal with challenges, examine things in your past and present that are keeping you depressed or anxious, and will help you see things in new ways! Types of therapists include: Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LSCSW or LCSW) Psychologists (PhD) Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) Licensed Counselors (LPC) Counseling Nurse Specialists Support Social support is a must! You need help with practical daily tasks, people to share your experience with, and other PPD mothers that help you know you are not alone! Types of social support: Support groups Faith communities Phone Support Lines What YOU can do… Adapted from “I’m Listening”—by Jane Honikman—Founding Director, Postpartum Support International 1. Educate yourself (see list of books and websites in PRC of KS brochure) 2. Get sleep (a minimum of 5 consecutive hours for brain “repair”—get help with feedings when possible) 3. Nutrition (you must eat so your medications can be absorbed and avoid caffeine and sugar to keep mood steady) 4. Exercise and Time for Yourself (even a short walk or an hour away) 5. Share your feelings with Non-Judgmental Listeners 6. Seek Emotional Support (i.e. therapy, talking with family and friends) 7. Ask for Practical Support (help with household chores, errands, etc…) 8. Follow up with referrals to Professionals With all 3 areas you need people that: Will listen to what you are saying! Will be respectful and respond without passing judgment! Suggest options without forcing opinions Counsel and guide your decisions without taking control away from you!