Residential Treatment for Pregnancy and Postpartum Issues
Pregnancy and a new baby can be a joyful time, but for many mothers it is complicated with depression. Depression during and after pregnancy can have serious consequences for the mother, the baby, and the rest of the family. Going well beyond typical moodiness caused by hormonal changes, depression persists and requires professional treatment. Getting care in a tight-knit, supportive, women-only residential community is an effective way to heal, to learn to manage depression as a chronic illness, and to learn to embrace your life as a new mother.
Between 2000 and 2015, the rate of depression diagnoses in pregnant and postpartum women went up by seven percent. It is an increasing and serious mental health issue that can prevent you from enjoying your new baby at best and cause real, lasting harm to you or your child at worst.
If you struggle with prenatal depression or postpartum depression, especially if you have been traumatized, have a history of depression, have other mental illnesses, have thought about self-harm, and have tried other treatments that didn’t help, you can benefit from residential treatment for pregnancy and postpartum issues in a safe, comforting environment.
Treatment for Pregnancy and Postpartum Issues at Helix
Depression should always be considered a serious mental health issue, but with maternal depression the stakes are even higher. Not only is the mother impacted, but her baby and other children are, too. It is important to get professional treatment for this type of depression for your health and for your family.
Treatment for perinatal and postpartum depression revolves around therapy. Medications may be used as well, but there are obviously more risks. Antidepressants are not right for every woman in this situation. At Helix, you’ll benefit from expert care and staff members who can help you understand the risks and benefits of all treatment options.
Perinatal Depression Treatment
The term perinatal depression is sometimes used interchangeably with postpartum depression, but it can also refer to depression with an onset during pregnancy. This can occur if you already have depression, but it may also be new to you. Risk factors include a history of depression, anxiety, poor support, and external stressors such as money problems.
At Helix Treatment Centers, women with depression during pregnancy benefit from excellent medical care as well as targeted behavioral therapies. Your therapist will help you manage symptoms and prepare for a future with a baby. You’ll be given tools you can use at home to develop healthier relationships and enjoy motherhood.
Postpartum Depression Treatment
If you experience depression after giving birth, you may have postpartum depression. This is more than just baby blues, which many women experience. It is persistent depression that makes normal functioning impossible and that interferes with bonding with your new baby. Postpartum depression is very serious and can even trigger psychosis or lead to physical harm to the mother, baby, or both.
Treatment at Helix for postpartum depression includes behavioral therapies, acceptance and commitment therapy, relational therapy, and other alternative therapies. You’ll explore your new role as a mother and learn how to cope in healthy ways with the stress and other negative emotions it causes.
Postpartum Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (P-PTSD)
Childbirth can be a beautiful miracle, but it can also be traumatizing, especially if there are serious, life-threatening complications or if you lose your baby. PTSD is a mental health condition triggered by a traumatic experience, which is relative. If giving birth was terrifying or threatened your life or well-being, it can be traumatic. Any history of trauma in your past can make you more vulnerable to this specific condition.
Postpartum PTSD causes symptoms similar to those of PTSD triggered by other events: recurrent, distressing memories, flashbacks, and dreams, avoidance of the original event or talking about it, negative thoughts about yourself and the world, detachment, depression, difficulty sleeping, and startling easily.
At Helix, treatment is always trauma-focused. You will be evaluated upon arrival to determine if you have past traumatic experiences and if childbirth was traumatic for you. If you are diagnosed with P-PTSD, you will benefit from trauma-centric behavioral therapies to help you process and cope with negative thoughts and memories. You will receive medical care, holistic care, alternative therapies, and group support, and relational therapies.
Why Choose Helix Treatment Centers for Treatment?
Helix offers gender-specific treatment. Perinatal and postpartum mental illnesses are unique to women, so you get focused, dedicated care from experts trained in working with women. The environment here is safe and supportive, which is essential if you are healing from trauma. You will share the residence with just a few other women who understand your needs and experiences.
Treatment at Helix is also dedicated to addressing all of a resident’s mental, emotional, social, and relational challenges. You will be treated as a whole person, considering any existing or past mental illnesses, your current symptoms, traumatic experiences, any substance use disorders, and your relationships and home life.
For a woman struggling at this difficult time of life, trying to overcome the symptoms of depression as well as feelings of guilt and shame about new motherhood, this serene and peaceful setting is ideal. You will have a calm, safe experience learning to heal and move on for a better future.
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What to Expect the First Day
It’s common to feel scared or intimidated on your first day at a treatment facility, but the setting at Helix is so serene and peaceful, you’ll have no problem settling in and getting comfortable. On day one, you will need to go through some intake paperwork, but then you can enjoy a tour, explore the residence and grounds by yourself, and meet with and get to know other residents.
You can expect to have plenty of time to decompress, alone in your room if you choose, so the evaluation can wait until day two if necessary. A psychiatrist will take you through a thorough mental health evaluation and make diagnoses so that your treatment plan can be developed. You will meet with your primary therapist to talk about treatment, your needs, and your preferences.
Your Helix Treatment Centers Experience
Getting care at Helix is a peaceful and healing experience. The residence is small, with just six beds reserved for women only. You will feel safe here and at liberty to benefit from therapy and other treatments at your own pace.
Most days at Helix include a combination of structured therapy, independent reflection time, and the opportunity to try holistic care, alternative therapies, and group activities. You’ll enjoy healthy, tasty meals three times a day and the chance to get outside, to exercise, to practice meditation, and to work with other women to support each other. On the weekends, enjoy outings for hikes or trips into the city. The time here is not all work, because life is fun too.
Lasting Change for a Better Life
Your treatment for postpartum depression or PTSD doesn’t end on your last day at Helix. The purpose of care here is to learn and use the tools you’ll take home with you to make lasting, positive changes in your life. With pregnancy, depression, and trauma, you will focus particularly on how to go home and develop a loving relationship with your baby as well as with your partner and the rest of your family.
Depression may be a chronic illness, but it does not mean that you can’t live a better life. Successful treatment is all about taking steps to improve your coping skills, your symptoms, and your life in general. A better life really is possible when you get the best care.
Don’t let the effects of pregnancy and postpartum issues control your life. We’re here for you…call us today.