The D’Amore Solution to Perinatal Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
D’AMORE HEALTHCARE TREATS PERINATAL / POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION AND SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS
If you or a loved one is seeking help, there is frequently an underlying fear of judgment from others or healthcare professionals, fear of law enforcement, and fear of actually living sober. These are all legitimate concerns that can be addressed with a D’Amore Healthcare intake specialist. Our staff understands these concerns and are ready to help you take the next step toward a healthier life.
In weighing options, it’s important to consider what would happen if one does not get help. The risks to an unborn fetus are great, not to mention the consequences to the mother if substance abuse continues. Addiction only grows without intervention, as do the harsh realities that accompany addiction.
The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology believes, “Pregnancy is a state of individual biological and social transformation. From a public health perspective, it is a window of opportunity for addressing substance use, including substance use disorders, as all pregnant women manifest interest in and care for the health of their baby.” The mothers that call D’Amore Healthcare looking for detoxification and treatment are absolutely open to a new way to live. It’s powerful to witness, sometimes our moms want almost nothing to do with their current day to day routine and environment. Working up from ground zero is what we love to do! The patient who is preparing for motherhood and wants to start nurturing herself and her baby today is an individual who will fit right in at D’Amore Healthcare.
She knows the long-term effects on mom and infant include medical, legal, familial, and social problems, some of which are lifelong and costly. Our Perinatal Program accepts women in all terms of pregnancy. If detoxification is required, it is important that mom recognize that she will receive a low dose of suboxone to minimize effects of withdrawal for she and baby. This low dose must be sustained up until birth. Additionally, for anyone mom considering recovery, take note that admission to D’Amore Healthcare is an intensive program. Be ready to dive right into your counseling, psychiatry, doctor’s orders, group work, nutrition and rest. Some people think of treatments as a spa or vacation, our program is quite different, though extremely warm and comfortable, once you admit, it’s time to get to work. Your life is changing, we know it and we value your time and trust. We want to make the most of both by treating you as a whole person with a bright, exciting future.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 10 women experience symptoms of depression in their lifetime. For new moms experiencing postpartum depression (PPD), that climbs to 1 in 7. Our nationally-recognized, California-certified residential mental health treatment facility will give you the stabilization needed to begin to overcome the challenges presented by perinatal disorders. Furthermore, our evidence-based, customized approach will give you the tools you need to live a joyous, productive life with your growing family.
D’Amore Healthcare takes your complete medical and psychological history into account. Our well-trained, licensed clinicians will guide you through each step of our personalized process, from education and counseling to activities and personal growth assignments. As a result, with sustained engagement and time, individuals will achieve a new sense of self-awareness, combined with a scientifically-proven strategy to manage and move on from perinatal disorders.
ERASING THE STIGMA ONE SUCCESS STORY AT A TIME
The stigma around mental health issues is real and pervasive. And it can wreak havoc on a new mom suffering from postpartum depression. Wanting to be a perfect mom to your new baby can prevent you from getting help. But what you are experiencing is not your fault. And it’s treatable with a little outside help. At our residential mental health facility, you will be surrounded by peers with similar experiences and struggles. Together you’ll learn to separate the individual from the diagnosis and being to develop coping strategies to manage and overcome your obstacles. Don’t let the stigma surrounding mental health stop you from feeling better and getting back to enjoying your baby.
D’Amore Healthcare is a dual diagnosis, mental health treatment center for men and women specializing in the intervention, acute stabilization and residential treatment of postpartum depression and other perinatal disorders. We are a Joint Commission accredited,
Here are some of the building blocks we use in the journey for mom and her family.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Positive Psychology and Signature Positive Reinforcement Program, “Build Me Up”
Strategic Family Therapy
Integrative Functional Medicine
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION AND OTHER PERINATAL DISORDERS
Postpartum depression is the most common complication after childbirth. Furthermore, women are more likely to develop depression and anxiety during the first year after childbirth than at any other time. It should come as no surprise, then, that 1 in 4 women struggle with mental health issues during pregnancy.
There are a number of factors that contribute to postpartum depression including hormone imbalances, lack of support, and high expectations. However, perinatal mental health disorders are much broader than depressive symptoms alone, though these distinct conditions are often lumped under the generalization of “postpartum depression.”
These conditions can include:
Antenatal depression and anxiety
Postpartum depression and anxiety
Postpartum anxiety/panic disorder
Postpartum obsessive-compulsive disorder
Postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder
Postpartum psychosis, though rare, is a psychiatric emergency that requires medical attention immediately. Furthermore, pre-existing mental health disorders may be exacerbated by pregnancy and childbirth. In the most severe cases, a mother’s suffering may be so overwhelming that suicide becomes a very real danger. Unfortunately, due to the stigma surrounding mental health, only 40% of mothers with perinatal mental health disorders seek treatment.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION AND OTHER PERINATAL DISORDERS
Symptoms may develop during pregnancy and often mirror aspects of other mental health disorders. These may include:
Persistent sadness and hopelessness
Inability to accept comfort or love
Lacking in energy
Feelings of emptiness
Changes in sleeping and eating patterns
The onset of these symptoms is usually from three weeks to four months after birth but can occur at any time during the first year and often lasts for a year or more if untreated. Maternal mental health issues can impact a child’s development. Postpartum depression can affect breastfeeding, mother-baby bonding, and parenting. Untreated mental health issues in mothers can lead to a higher risk of mental health issues in their children. If you are a new mom, don’t suffer in silence. Getting help early will help and your baby.