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Research into the behaviors and factors that contribute to a variety of prenatal and postpartum mood disorders and management skills that can help women recover are the subjects of a seminar sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services in partnership with Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative and Hudson Perinatal Consortium. The conference is being held on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 from 8 am – 3:15 pm at the Pines Manor in
The event, entitled Perinatal Mood Disorders: Co-Morbidities, Management & Recovery is open to all
Presenters include Mary Jo Codey, former New Jersey First Lady, postpartum depression survivor and advocate for mental health recognition and treatment, Katherine Stone, postpartum depression survivor, advocate and creator of Postpartum Progress, the most widely read blog on postpartum depression and other mental illnesses related to childbirth; and experts from renowned universities and medical centers, such as University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Weill Cornell Medical Center, Postpartum Depression Day Hospital at Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, and St. Louis University.
Conference topics will include teaching patients self-management strategies for prenatal and postpartum emotional health, reproductive and psychiatric outcomes of pregnancy and eating disorders, partner abuse in perinatal women involved in psychiatric treatment and psychopharmacology in the perinatal period.
In 2005, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS) launched a comprehensive public awareness campaign entitled Speak Up When You’re Down to educate consumers and healthcare professional about PPD and other PMD.
Resources include an informational website, www.njspeakup.gov, which provides resources and written and video testimonials of women who suffered with PMD along with stories from partners and other family members. In addition, the 24/7 toll-free telephone helpline – 1-800-328-3838 – helps with general questions and information about treatment services, support groups and referrals to counseling.
Additionally, in an effort to educate
PPD and other PMDs affect one in every 8 to 10 women. In
Symptoms of PMDs include:
· Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
· Changes in appetite
· Feeling irritable, angry or nervous
· Feeling exhausted
· Not enjoying life as much as in the past
· Lack of interest in the baby
· Lack of interest in friends and family
PMDs can be serious, but they are treatable. Help is available, and it is important that a mother gets the support and treatment needed to recover from the effects of PMD so she can enjoy her baby.
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