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#1 of 8 Old 08-20-2009, 09:28 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Can someone share with me what you share with your clients on this? I would like some great handout to give people, in addition to talking with them about this. I think I have been doing an okay job, but again I'd like some specific handout that talks in part about the differences between true PPD and the more mild and normal "baby blues." Additionally, specific websites for more information would be helpful. Has anyone come across and great site or PDF? Anyone? Thanks!

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Can someone share with me what you share with your clients on this? I would like some great handout to give people, in addition to talking with them about this. I think I have been doing an okay job, but again I'd like some specific handout that talks in part about the differences between true PPD and the more mild and normal "baby blues." Additionally, specific websites for more information would be helpful. Has anyone come across and great site or PDF? Anyone? Thanks!
There is an awesome book called This Isn't What I Expected, Combating Postpartum Depression. I think is exactly what your looking for. You could copy some portions and give them as a handout. I read this book many times when I was diagnosed and it is very thorough.

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I think there is a great handout from your DONA doula training, in the pp section that I encourage clients to hang on the fridge and read over from time to time.

It is a screening for PP mood disorders vs baby blues and asks questions like "are you generally happier more of the time or sadder"
or things in that vein, ( don't have it in front of me)

I think it is a good place to start, a good tool for clients to have, easy for partner to use as a check in on mom, and then they could know when to kick up the help/support from a professional, if that is what is needed.

Check it out!

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www.ppmdsupport.com is the website of PSI of WA, a great resource if you are looking for clients here in WA. They publish a great flier that you can order to hand out.

They also run a "warm line"- moms can leave a message and will get a call back quickly from a volunteer who has experienced a PPMD who can help them find resources and give knowledgeable support. They have information on all the local support groups, providers, screening resources, as well as great suggestions on self care.

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I use ppd international it's the main resources that list all the local resources. They also have support for professionals.
http://postpartum.net/

I have gone to a handful of workshops both from LLLI and the local hospital and it really gave me the confidence to help women who are suffering from PPD.

I have also reached out to personally contact and know my local therapists and psychiatrist that treat women with PPD and refer to them, these professional have helped me when i''ve just had questions about a clients behaviour and how I can help clients.

The interesting thing is that "Postpartum Depression" is an umbrella that many different types of mental health issues can fall under it. Many women are not "sad or depressed" but manifested as anxiety and panic attacks, or obsessive compulsive thoughts and behaviors to the point of interfering with taking care of their baby or functioning.
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Thanks everyone! After a bit of searching and accumulating documents, I think I've found what I'm looking for. I did find a simple pdf here too that was along the lines of what I had in mind (from the Minnesota DOH):
http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/f...ppd/index.html
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I have found one great site which has been very helpful for me in understanding more about postpartum depression.

 

PPD Support is a great site where you can learn how to eliminate postpartum depression without medication. Also, here you can get free resources on the best recovery techniques and solutions for anxiety attacks, intrusive thoughts, and overcoming loneliness.  

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We are a community on FB designed to provide support to those currently suffering from PPD and those who have survived. Please join us!  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Postpartum-Depression-Survivors/216377441728053

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