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Old 28.02.2013, 09:05
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postpartum depression

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someone close to me is suffering from postpartum depression. first of all i would welcome any advice or suggestions as to how i can help out. if you have suffered from ppd or known someone who has, i would welcome your input. secondly, and the main reason i am posting here, what resources, if any, are available for ppd in zurich? i am thinking support groups maybe?

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Old 28.02.2013, 10:21
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Re: postpartum depression

I have not suffered of postpartum depression but I would strongly suggest that she sees her family doctor asap and he/she will do the next steps, provide, information, etc. I would not wait one more single day to do it, this is an emergency.
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Old 28.02.2013, 10:45
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Re: postpartum depression

She is already seeing a doctor and will likely start medication shortly, but wants to try and find natural ways to cope beforehand (medical recommondation)
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Re: postpartum depression

Depression is tricky anyway. In this instance first thing would be to check with the Gynae - not all recognise this condition and not all use the same techniques to treat - some use full on medication, other more natural remedies and others use non-drug related techniques.

I would suggest that it is important for your friend to discuss all the options with the Dr to see what might work best - accepting there is a problem is always the first challenge, assuming she is over this, then the next is to find a solution that your friend will actually believe will help, i.e. having to take a bunch of pills that the person doesn't think will help, may result in your friend not taking the treatment prescribed. Hence choice of treatment approach here is really important.

Finally, this person's partner should ideally be there for the consult. This helps drive home the recognition that this is a real medical problem and not "just in the person's head" and also means that they can help with treatment.

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Re: postpartum depression

I don't really know about sources in Zürich area, but after my hospital stay a few years ago, I was lead directly into seeing "psychosomatisch" therapist to help coping. The therapists I saw were attached directly to the women's hospital section of the Basel University Hospital, because of the strong recognition here about how much our mental well being affects our healing and recovery.

Perhaps checking with your friend's local frauenklinik will yield positive results as well.

Good luck to your friend, both with finding a therapist and her recovery.
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Re: postpartum depression

I suggest that she makes an appointment with an experienced midwife. Midwifes know a lot about ppd. You'll find them here: http://hebamme.ch/de/elt/heb/dir.cfm?md=kt&kt=zh.

She can also contact the "Mütterberatung", she should be a good source of information.

This is the homepage of the association "Postnatale Depression"

And just keep supporting her with nutricious meals, listen to her, help her with the baby and don't forget to take care of her husband. Friends are so important!
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Re: postpartum depression

I cant suggest resources but having experienced it myself, when in the UK, I would suggest asking her, or her partner if they would welcome help such as meals, cleaning or possibly taking the baby for a few hours so Mum can sleep.
Everyones experience of this is different - I was desperate to be away from my baby for a short while e.g. go to the pub for 1 hour. While others cant bear to be parted from thier baby as they are very worried about the baby.
She is lucky to have a caring friend like you.
http://www.pni.org.uk/ this forum might help.
Also if she wants to talk just listen. You dont have to offer solutions to her worries. Sometimes just vocalising your feelings stops them from being so strong.
Also assure her it will pass and that she is a great mother and you can see she is doing a good job.
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Re: postpartum depression

Thank you for all the replies and advice so far. I forgot to mention that this isn't her first so she is not new to mothering, and actually she hasn't even given birth yet before the depression set in. She is aware of the depression and her husband is supportive as well. I think sending meals and taking her kids off her hands for a few hours is a good start as is perhaps speaking to a midwife.
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Re: postpartum depression

Some other tips from a previous thread

Postpartum depression... to anti-depressant or not to anti-depressant?
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Re: postpartum depression

I found this website really helpful:

http://www.beyondblue.org.au/index.aspx?link_id=94

Cognitive behavioural therapy is one that is commonly recommended in Australia for postnatal depression. There is a website called 'moodgym' that was created by the Australian National University as a web-based resource for people who experience mental illness.

I'm not sure if the moodgym programme is helpful if you haven't already been introduced to cognitive behavioural therapy by a psychologist/psychiatrist, as I used it after having a few sessions with a psychologist and being given a book to read about the therapy approach, but the website resource is here and it has an extensive 'faq' section so you can read through and see if it sounds like it might be helpful.
https://moodgym.anu.edu.au/welcome

I did some training as a support worker for women with postnatal and antenatal depression. The overall belief was that a combination of 'talking' therapy and/or medication was the best treatment. Talking from personal experience, the main message is that it does lift, it does get better, and it takes time, and to call in whatever supports you need to get through the intense time of caring for the new baby, and caring for the mother.
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