Postpartum Mood Disorders Help and Treatment has five components:
Diagnosis is established using an in-depth clinical interview coupled with the completion of the Postpartum Depression Screening Scale (PDSS, by Cheryl T. Beck, D.N.Sc., and Robert K. Gable, Ed.D.), the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, and other diagnostic tools.
Cognitive behavioral and interpersonal psychotherapy. Research studies have shown that these two modalities are the most effective ways to treat PPD. Grief counseling for those affected by miscarriage or other perinatal losses.
Extensive education about PPD, other postpartum mood disorders and the grief process. In addition to discussing and explaining about the specific symptoms each mother has, a wealth of handouts, articles, book recommendations, online and community resources are given to each client.
Availability of a Free Postpartum Stress Support Group at the same location. Referrals to local pregnancy and infant loss support groups. Phone support from other parents who experienced a similar loss.
If indicated, referrals are made to other professionals, such as psychiatrists specializing in prescribing medication to postpartum mothers, lactations specialists, postpartum doulas, and others.
Csilla Andor, MSW, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in Oregon who specializes in treating emotional difficulties related to the baby blues, pregnancy, the postpartum period, miscarriage, pregnancy loss, infant loss, infertility and adoption.
Csilla offers individual, couples, and family therapy in Corvallis and Eugene, Oregon. She provides phone sessions to clients living in the states of Oregon and California. She offers counseling/ psychotherapy sessions in clients’ home in Corvallis, Eugene, and in nearby communities, such as Albany, Sweet Home, Lebanon, Salem, Newport, etc.
Csilla is currently the Oregon Co-Coordinator of Postpartum Support International (PSI), a non-profit organization that provides support, education and advocacy related to prenatal or postpartum mood disorders. Through her volunteer work with PSI, Csilla provides free phone and email support to pregnant and postpartum mothers and their family members. She runs the free WellMama Pregnancy-Postpartum Stress Support Group in Eugene, OR, www.WellMama.net.
Csilla is a member of the Lane County Perinatal Mood Disorders Consortium in Eugene, and works with numerous healthcare professionals and agencies in Oregon to help improve mental health services to perinatal women and their families.