Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Welcome to the HAS Postpartum Depression Blog!

From the HAS website:

Postpartum Depression (PPD) is a mood disorder that afflicts approximately 15-20 percent of new mothers following the birth of a child. PPD is characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and anxiety, and may also compromise crucial bonding and attachment between mother and baby. Although PPD impacts countless families and takes several lives every year, it is a highly treatable condition that responds well to therapy.

HAS offers the only community-based Postpartum Depression treatment program in the state of Illinois. The program provides clinical evaluations, individual and family therapy, support groups, psychiatric evaluation, medication monitoring, health education, and case management to women experiencing---or at risk of developing---PPD. We also provide workshops on PPD for health professionals. All services are provided in Spanish and English and are completely confidential. All major hospitals in the Chicago area are aware of the program, and we receive referrals from a wide variety of medical professionals, community health centers, and social service organizations.

PPD services at HAS are offered in a safe, caring, culturally competent environment, and staff cam help new mothers access needed resources and address other concerns---such as domestic violence and substance abuse---impacting themselves or their families.

For more information, please call 773-292-4242

Check back regularly for new blog posts!

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