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Inpatient and outpatient mental health services are offered at LHSC. Please connect to the Mental Health Care Program for further information.
If you require further information regarding other mental health services, please follow the corresponding links:
(PPD) Postpartum Depression:
Postpartum Depression encompasses a broad range of emotions women may feel after the birth of a baby. Many new mothers may experience the “Baby Blues”. Up to 80% of moms, during the first few days or weeks, may express feelings of sadness, tearfulness, unwanted crying, sleeping problems, appetite disruptions, anxiety, and a feeling of general unhappiness.
The term Postpartum Depression (PPD) refers to unrelenting feelings of sadness, anxiety, and general unhappiness, lasting from 2-3 weeks after birth to a year later. PPD affects about 20% of new mothers. Some common signs of PPD include: loss of interest in usual activities, irritability, fatigue, sleeplessness, appetite change, inability to cope, panic attacks, and anxiety.
Postpartum Psychosis is the most severe form of the three conditions. This is a rare condition affecting 1-2% of women and is associated with a state of being ‘out of touch’ with reality. This condition is considered a MEDICAL EMERGENCY and treatment involving hospitalization and medication is necessary.
A WOMAN EXPERIENCING THESE SIGNS MAY HARM HERSELF OR HER BABY.
Signs a woman may be experiencing Postpartum Psychosis include: paranoia, delusions, hallucinations, confusion, anxiety, disorientation, and agitation.
Possible Causes for Postpartum Depression:
*The exact cause is unknown, however, there is a strong link to a history of depression.
How to Help Overcome Postpartum Depression:
First and foremost, it is important to tell someone about your feelings. Talking to a health care professional will help connect you to the resources and treatments you need. A public health nurse can provide you with support over the phone if needed by calling (519) 850-2280. Some new mothers find it helpful to join a support group:
Other Suggestions for Helping to Relieve PPD Include:
Postpartum Depression Information Links:
Postpartum Depression HELPLINE: (519) 672-HOPE or (519) 672-4673
PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder):
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder is a severe mood disorder experienced by 5-8% of the female population.
Signs & Symptoms Include:
*These symptoms usually begin one week before your menstrual period and end a few days after. You may experience these symptoms during your time of ovulation.
For more information regarding PMD, see Depression
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