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Postpartum Depression or "Baby Blues" Lebanon MO

After pregnancy, postpartum depression can be a serious concern for about 50% to 75% of new bothers following childbirth. The following is a list of common symptoms, which may appear at any time during the first weeks following childbirth.

Ms. Carol Sullivan
Barnes-Jewish Hosptial
(314) 454-8467
216 S. Kingshighway Mailstop 90-33-677
St. Louis, MO
Credentials
Credentials: ACSW, LCSW
Licensed in Missouri
24 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Depression, Grief/Loss, Physical Illness/Impairment
Populations Served
Disabled, Cancer Patients
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Dr. David Black
Creative Renewal & Resolutions
(417) 890-4083
1531 E. Bradford Pkwy, Suite 210-4
Springfield, MO
Credentials
Credentials: PsyD, MSW, NBCCH, ACSW, DCSW
Licensed in Missouri
12 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal Development, Life
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans, Step Families, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Frank H. Gilner
(314) 966-5631
622 E. Monroe Ave.
Kirkwood, MO
Services
Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Stress Management or Pain Management, Individual Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Purdue University
Credentialed Since: 1975-02-15

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Jillon Vander Wal
(314) 977-2282
Saint Louis University, Dept of Psychology
St. Louis, MO
Services
Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia), Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Missouri - Columbia
Credentialed Since: 2004-10-27

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Ms. Bonnie Benson
Bonnie E. Benson, LCSW
(816) 756-2773
9233 Ward Parkway, Suite 112
Kansas City, MO
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Missouri
23 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Depression, Trauma/PTSD, Women's Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com

Data Provided by:
Joseph A. Daus
(314) 807-8136
St. Louis VA Medical Center: Mental Health Services
St. Louis, MO
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Couples Psychotherapy, PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Missouri - Columbia
Credentialed Since: 1998-10-20

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Mrs. Holly Schmitt
Embracing Change, Inc: Counseling, Life Coaching & Ceremony
(636) 239-1117
426 E. 5th St.
Washington, MO
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, ACSW, LCSW
Licensed in Missouri
26 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Iss
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Disabled, Caregivers, Step Families, Gifted, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Mrs. Shirley Schaper
Counseling Services
(314) 275-2500
WoodsmillTowers 14323 South Outer 40, Ste 607 S
Chesterfield, MO
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Missouri
32 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Spiritual/Religiou
Populations Served
Interracial Families/Couples
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Elizabeth (Lisa) Eaton
Sandhill Counseling and Consultation, LLC
(636) 379-1779
801 South Woodlawn Avenue Suite 29
O'Fallon, MO
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LCSW
Licensed in Missouri
21 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Stress, Life Transitions, Anger Manageme
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Nora J. Griffin-Clark
(816) 232-2798
39 Ridgeland Rd
St. Joseph, MO
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Psychological Assessment
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Missouri - Columbia
Credentialed Since: 1986-02-18

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Postpartum Depression or "Baby Blues"

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The arrival of a baby is meant to be a time of great joy for a new mother. Nevertheless, when a woman begins experiencing feelings of great sadness, only days after the birth of her baby, she may feel as if something is wrong with her. Even though the exact cause of childbirth-related depression is unknown, most doctors agree that it has to do with the dramatic hormone changes that occur in a woman's body both during and following delivery. Do You Have the "Baby Blues"?

The "baby blues" is a term used to describe emotional and physical symptoms usually beginning on the third or fourth day following childbirth, and lasting up to 10 days after delivery. According to the Women's Health in Primary Care magazine, the "baby blues" is a common occurrence affecting between 50% and 75% of new mothers, following childbirth.

Do you have the "baby blues"? The following is a list of common symptoms, which may appear at any time during the first weeks following childbirth:Denial
Anger
Mood swings
Sleep disturbances
Rejection of partner
Rejection of baby
Anxiety
Inappropriate and/or obsessional thoughts
Loss of sexual desire
Panic AttacksSleep disturbances
Appetite changes
Digestive problems (Nausea, constipation, etc.)
Lack of energy
Lack of concentration
Headaches
Blurred vision
Stomach pains
Chest Pains
Pains which move from place to place
Are you Depressed?

Sometimes depression lasts longer than a few weeks following birth, in which case the mother may be experiencing postpartum depression. According to the National Women's Health Information Center, approximately 10% of new mothers will experience some form of postpartum depression. Symptoms may appear anywhere from a few days following birth to one year after, and include some or all of the following symptoms:Loss of interest or pleasure in life
Loss of appetite
Less energy and motivation to do things
A hard time falling asleep or staying asleep
Sleeping more than usual
Increased crying or tearfulness
Feeling worthless, hopeless or overly guilty
Feeling restless, irritable or anxious
Unexplained weight loss or gain
Feeling like life isn't worth living
Having thoughts about hurting yourself
Worrying about hurting your baby

Ways to Feel Better

Reserve some time for yourself. Set aside at least one hour each day, to do what you enjoy best. It may be reading a good book, taking a walk, or a long, hot bubble bath. Taking time for yourself is crucial for any new mother-you must nurture yourself to feel good about yourself.

Exercise also will help alleviate symptoms. Exercising helps release endorphins, which aid in a person's overall well being. Take a walk, ride a bike, take a jog; these are all excellent ways to release those endorphins and help you feel better, both physically and mentally.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please seek the advice of your health care provider. There are medications available that can help you overcome these overwhelming feelings. For those who prefer more homeopathic methods of treatment, there are also herbal drugs available that will also help reduce your symptoms.Talk About It! But Who Do you Turn To?

The best person to turn to for support will be your best friend and partner-your husband. It is always best to be completely open about your feelings with your husband. Sometimes depression can lead to a woman feeling reserved towards her husband, and in return feelings of confusion from him. He may not know how you feel, but he will always be your number one supporter and friend. Communication is key when suffering from depression. It will not only make you feel better, but your partner as well.

You may be surprised to find that your mother probably experienced the "baby blues" and/or postpartum depression, as did your grandmother. It may be best for you to talk about how you are feeling with those who have been there. Sometimes, Mom is the best person to turn to.

Online support groups are also available, free of charge, for those wishing to seek advice and a friend to talk to. Here at Baby Corner, we have dedicated an entire board to postpartum depression. On the board, new moms discuss their feelings and build new friendships! . If you ever need a friend to talk to, Baby Corner will always be here for you.

Your local health organizations are also available for assistance. They may offer the services of a telephone counselor, or be able to provide you with information about postpartum depression. Be sure to check your local yellow pages for organizations and support groups in your area.

You are not alone when you experience depression after having a baby. The symptoms will get better, and you will feel normal again. Please keep in mind that you are a not a terrible mother, nor a terrible wife because of the feelings you may be having. With time, love, and the proper treatment, you will be on your way to being a happier wife and mother.

For more information about the "baby blues" and Postpartum Depression, please visit the following resources:

Baby Corner's "Dealing With Depression" Board
National Women's Health Information Center
Depression After Delivery
Author: Elizabeth Geiger

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