Treatment and Professional Support for PMAD
Many professional services are available to help individuals experiencing a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder. The level of treatment recommended will depend on the diagnosis and the severity of the symptoms. Look for a therapist with advanced training in the treatment of PMAD.
Support Groups. Talking with others who understand can be a great place to find support and meet people who have recovered from PMAD.
Warmlines. Many organizations have a free warmline set up so you can leave a message and a trained volunteer or staff person will call you back, generally within one business day. These services are helpful with answering questions and connecting callers to resources in a specific community.
Outpatient Treatment. Most women experiencing a PMAD or men experiencing paternal depression can receive treatment on an outpatient basis. Services can include counseling for individuals and their family members, individual therapy, psychiatric evaluations,
medication management, support and therapy groups. Often a support person and the infant are welcome to accompany the individual to treatment. Many of these services are also available via online video chat with licensed therapists.
Day or Partial Hospitalization Programs. For individuals with more severe symptoms but with good support at home, these programs can provide intensive counseling and therapy while allowing parents to return home at night. In these programs, individuals learn skills to help them deal with stress, anxiety and depression symptoms and focus on topics including self-care and child-care skills. A few programs in the country permit a mother to attend day sessions with her infant, providing nursery and other resources to help care for her infant.
Psychiatric Hospitalization. For those with severe symptoms such as postpartum psychosis or fear of self-harm, treatment is provided in a psychiatric hospital or unit—a safe environment where healing can begin. Typically inpatient length of stay is 8-10 days and an individual aftercare plan will include some combination of day treatment, outpatient therapy and support group participation.
Pine Rest provides all of the services noted above and can help connect individuals with resources in their community.
For information about Partial Hospitalization (Day Programs), such as our Mother and Baby Program, and Inpatient Hospitalization for women who may be struggling with PMAD, please call 616.455.9200 or 800.678.5500 (Michigan callers).
For information about Counseling, Psychiatry and Psychological Assessment & Testing for women who may be struggling with PMAD, please call 866.852.4001 (Iowa & Michigan callers).