Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if this is more than the "Baby Blues" ?
If you are ever uncomfortable with how you are feeling, you should always consult with your physician for an accurate assessment. Additionally, we recommend all new moms keep their six-week postpartum check-up appointments and discuss all postpartum concerns - physical, emotional, etc... openly and honestly with their physicians. Read our general list of common postpartum disorders and their symptoms.
The general rule of thumb for "Is this more than baby blues?" is that there is no rule of thumb! However, research seems to indicate two criteria associated with postpartum difficulties that go beyond traditional baby blues: length of time of symptoms and their severity. In other words, if over the first six weeks, a new mom feels she is beginning to have more good days than bad or more good moments than bad - it is probably "baby blues" and things are getting better. If the opposite is true - more bad days or moments than good and either it does not seem to be getting better or it may even seem to be getting worse- a new mom should seek professional care just to check it out. We encourage all visitors to check out the Postpartum Support International (PSI) site, for more specific information about postpartum mood disorders.
What causes postpartum disorders?
At this time, there is no known cause. There are identified risk factors and prevention strategies and possible theories which researchers are investigating. Like many illnesses and disorders, a cause may not be known at this time, but excellent treatment options exist. For a more in-depth analysis, please visit the Postpartum Support International (PSI) website.
Are postpartum difficulties preventable?
The jury is still out on this! But again, like other illnesses or disorders, having EDUCATION and KNOWLEDGE that empowers you to make lifestyle changes may decrease the likelihood of experiencing difficulties. There are prevention strategies that seem to help with the postpartum transition.
Are there any books or articles that could help?
Yes! We have an extensive list on our Resources page. The premiere website for a list of books and articles is available through Postpartum Support International.
Where can I find more information on PPD on the internet?
We have a great Resources page filled with informative sites that are filled with more links... And you can click here to go straight to the Postpartum Support International (PSI) Resources page
How do I get myself or loved one more help?
If you or a loved one live in the San Antonio or South Texas area, please feel free to contact The Seasons of Life Counseling and Training Center at (210) 497-0800 to schedule a consultation appointment. We try to return all calls within 24 hours (except weekends). We only offer insurance-for-service payment options at this time and are providers with most networks. However, this is not a hotline number and we advise anyone with immediate concerns to contact your physician, proceed to the nearest emergency room, or dial 911. If you or a loved one live outside of the San Antonio / South Texas area, Postpartum Support International (PSI) has a wonderful support network listing (worldwide - arranged by geographical region!)
What can I do to help my loved one?
Research indicates that support is crucial to both recovery and prevention. You need to ACCEPT that this is an identified medical disorder with psychosocial symptoms and ramifications. Please become as educated as possible (see our Resources page or visit the PSI website).
NO CRITICAL or DOUBTING COMMENTS are helpfu! She can't just "get over it" or "try harder." Trust us - she has been trying very hard to feel "normal" and feels scared that she can't! Encouragement, really listening, a true understanding of what is going on, positive support, and love are key!
PEP—Postpartum Education for Parents Site has useful information and links about postpartum and links for Fathers and Partners to help out new mothers.
Helping a Mother Through Postpartum Depression: Offers a definition of postpartum depression and outlines each set of symptoms along with tips to help ease them.
Partners and Postpartum Depression: Emphasizes simple ways to be supportive when your partner has postpartum depression.
When is the next support group?
The center is not holding support groups at this time. Individual counseling for women only is available by calling the Sue Clifford, LPC-S, at 210.887.2122.