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Postpartum Depression or "Baby Blues" Springfield 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.

William R. Carter
(417) 862-7041, x478
U.S. Med Ctr for Fed. Prisoners
Springfield, MO
Services
Forensic Evaluation (e.g., mental competency evaluation), Family Psychotherapy, Individual Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Psychoanalysis
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Infants (0-2 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Forest Institute of Professional Psychology
Credentialed Since: 1991-05-09

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Gary E. Wilson
(417) 882-7646
1736 E. Sunshine, Ste 502
Springfield, MO
Services
Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Couples Psychotherapy, Family Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Missouri - Columbia
Credentialed Since: 1986-10-01

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Stephen T. Belk
(417) 841-7690
544 East Ritter
Republic, MO
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Psychological Assessment, Child Custody Evaluation
Ages Served
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Forest Institute of Professional Psychology
Credentialed Since: 1997-10-28

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Tamera J Sweeton
(417) 849-0708
YourWellpath1358 E. Kingsley St.,
Springfield, MO
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Depression, Anxiety or Fears, Personality Disorders
Qualification
School: MidAmerica Nazarene University
Year of Graduation: 2006
Years In Practice: 4 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$60 - $100
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Dr. Dayle Lattie
(417) 695-0907
Sante''1638-C East Republic Road
Springfield, MO
Specialties
Depression, Life Coaching, Emotional Disturbance, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: Forest Institute of Professional Psychology
Year of Graduation: 1997
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$100 - $120
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No

Frances J. Anderson
(417) 861-0413
2200 E Sunshine
Springfield, MO
Services
Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Forest Institute of Professional Psychology
Credentialed Since: 1993-04-07

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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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Springfield Counseling Center
(417) 344-4875
Springfield Counseling Center2032 East Kearney
Springfield, MO
Specialties
Depression, Anxiety or Fears, Trauma and PTSD, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: Ball State University
Year of Graduation: 1997
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$20 - $90
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No

Vonita Kelly
(417) 501-3350
Christian Counseling Center1519 E. Sunshine
Springfield, MO
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, Relationship Issues, Depression
Qualification
School: AGTS
Year of Graduation: 2009
Years In Practice: 3 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children,Elders
Average Cost
$30 - $80
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Employee Network Inc

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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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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