The Center for Personal Wellness, LLC is pleased to announce and welcome Nicole Keller, MS, LPCC as the newest associate to join the practice.
Nicole Keller is an Independently Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and joining the practice with over 10 years of experience in the mental health field. She has experience in working in both outpatient and inpatient therapy settings, as well as with mental health crisis situations in the Emergency Room at Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy.
Nicole enjoys working with a wide variety of ages and issues. She has experience with children, teenagers, adults, geriatrics - in individual, group, family and couples counseling, Nicole also has experience working with those who are court ordered for counseling services. Using a nonjudgmental approach, all are welcome, whether the issue may seem big or small. She has experience with treating communication problems, anger management, domestic violence, self-esteem, addiction (drug, gambling, and porn), eating disorders, marital problems and infidelity, PTSD, ADHD, behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCD, co-dependency, personality disorders, grief and loss, post-partum issues/women's issues, parenting, self-harm, career counseling and more.
Nicole is currently accepting new patients. If you are interested in learning more about the Center for Personal Wellness and in the services that are available, please call us at (877) 262-4769 or visit us at www.centerforpersonalwellness.com
Is it possible to prepare for postpartum depression? Absolutely!
While not every new mom experiences PPD, mothers (and their babies) are best off when they consider whether they have a predisposition for it.
Here are some of the risk factors:
If you check any of these risk factor boxes, let your doctor know while you're still pregnant so everyone is on the same page. You can also connect with a therapist during pregnancy to set up a plan for after birth. Planning ahead allows time to research the effect of certain medications on breastfeeding, set up steps to seek help, and lessen some of the chaos that can ensue when PPD hasn't been discussed and becomes an emergency.
And if you are a mom and if you had PPD/A prior, it can be terrifying to think about having another baby and having to go through PPD/A again.
So what can moms do to reduce these risks? Below are some recommendations:
Taking steps may help to prevent a Perinatal Mood Disorder from occurring the second time around. And if you do struggle again, changes are that you will get help and recover much more quickly with preparation and planning.
A good resource is a book written specifically on this topic, called: “What Am I Thinking?: Having A Baby After Postpartum Depression” by Karen Kleiman.
PPD can present itself in many different ways. Not all moms experience every symptom associated with the disorder, and a mother who was diagnosed with PPD after a previous birth may experience completely different symptoms after a subsequent birth – or no symptoms at all. These are some of the symptoms moms with PPD may experience.
Irritation, Anger, or Rage
When a baby cries, women with PPD often feel more irritated than moms without PPD. They can get angry at the baby when it's time to change another diaper or feel unadulterated rage when the baby won't go to sleep. Anger can extend outward to a woman’s partner, friends, family, and even strangers.
Women with PPD often feel overwhelmed by motherhood and the arduous task of parenting. Instead of recognizing this as a time of change and transition, they may view it as a personal failure. They can feel like an unfit mother because they struggle to stay on top of cooking, cleaning, and new parenting duties.
Lack of Connection
Women with PPD often feel withdrawn or like they are not bonding with their baby. They don't feel like doing things with other people and may cancel plans or avoid phone calls or texts. PPD sufferers may feel nothing at all or a total apathy about absolutely everything.
Sadness is a more recognizable sign of depression, but this type feels bone deep. It feels like it may never end, and women with PPD fear they will never feel happy again.
The old adage "Sleep when the baby sleeps" isn’t always feasible for women with PPD. They struggle to sleep at night or nap during the day. Or, on the flip side, all they want to do is sleep, but it feels like no amount of sleep will help get them caught up.
Lack of Concentration
Women with PPD have difficulty focusing on tasks at work or at home. Completing a simple to-do list can feel insurmountable.
PPD and anxiety often go hand-in-hand. PPD sufferers may find themselves afraid to walk down stairs with their baby or may contrive worst-case outcomes for every scenario. They may feel paralyzed by fear.
Just know, that if you are a struggling mom with feel like you are suffering from postpartum depression and/or anxiety, you ARE NOT ALONE and you DO NOT have to suffer in silence, There is help out there and we can help. We have qualified counselors and consultants here at the Center for Personal Wellness who have experience working with moms with PPD/A, and we can even offer online counseling for certain clients. Research suggests that internet-based treatment could have a positive effect on postnatal depression as a whole, providing new moms with support at times which are convenient to them and allowing them to complete a course of therapy. Please reach out to us and we will help! (877) 262-4769