Support Groups

 

Group Therapy 2017

We are pleased to be offering a Support Group for new and expectant mothers beginning at the end of January.  The cost for the group is $250.  As with all of our services, scholarships are available and no family is ever turned away for financial reasons.  Pre-registration is required.  If you have any questions or would like to register, please contact Lauren Fox, LCSW.  Lauren can be reached at 805.646.7559 ext. 2 or by emailing emotionalcare@nantolbert.org.

BELOW ARE EXPERIENCES OR FEELINGS THAT MIGHT HELP YOU DECIDE IF THIS GROUP IS RIGHT FOR YOU.

50%-80% OF NEW MOTHERS EXPERIENCE THE “BABY BLUES” WHICH IS CHARACTERIZED BY:

Mild sadness
Tearfulness
Anxiety
Irritability for no apparent reason
Fluctuating moods
Increased sensitivity
Fatigue
Postpartum Depression (PPD) is more severe than “baby blues”. If untreated, Postpartum Depression can be overwhelming. PPD strikes 15%-22% of new mothers. The onset is usually gradual, although it can be rapid. Without intervention, it can last for months and affect the family for years to come.

SYMPTOMS OF PPD GENERALLY INCLUDE SEVERAL OF THE FOLLOWING:

Excessive worrying and fears
Irritability or short temper
Feeling overwhelmed
Difficulty making decisions- loss of focus and concentration
Deep sadness, crying spells, hopelessness, social withdrawal
Feelings of guilt, shame
Anxiety, phobias
Sleep problems
Mixed emotions about the baby
Changes of appetite
Fear of being rejected by spouse
RISK FACTORS FOR PPD INCLUDE:

A history of postpartum depressions
Depression or anxiety during pregnancy
Lack of support from one’s spouse, family or friends
Personal or family history of depression or anxiety
Labor/delivery complications for mother or baby
Difficulties with the baby (health, temperament, feeding or sleeping problems)
Marital problems