About ppd

Postpartum Depression is actually a general term that is used for a wide range of reactions that may begin in pregnancy and continue after birth, or for many, not appear in pregnancy but only after birth.

Important! Never diagnose yourself or someone else based only on the following information. Please refer to qualified professionals for assessment and proper treatment. NITZA is available for questions: Please call 02-500-4523 or contact us

Symptoms

The symptoms of Postpartum Depression appear in three spheres: emotional, physical, and cognitive. Emotional Symptoms of Prenatal or Postpartum Depression Symptoms commonly include: Low mood for most of the day, a feeling of loneliness, sadness, distress, anxiety, lack of patience, irritability, unexplainable angry outbursts, despair, emotional fragility, fear of inability to cope as a mother, [...]

Paternal Depression

Postpartum depression is not only for women. When talking about postpartum phenomena, everyone is sure that the symptoms harm only women, but it is not true. Statistics show that fathers after birth are also vulnerable, and that the condition affects about 10% of fathers. The primary reasons there is less awareness about paternal depression, despite [...]

Postpartum Psychosis

Postpartum Psychosis Postpartum psychosis is the most serious and most dangerous of the disorders that can develop in pregnancy and after childbirth. This is rare and occurs at a frequency of 0.1% - 0.2%, which means that it affects between one woman and two women per 1,000 women. One study found the incidence as high [...]

Postpartum Mania

Prenatal and Postpartum Mania Mania in pregnancy or after birth is characterized by an elevated mood, feelings of euphoria and a sense of transcendence and in some cases extreme irritability. High energy and activity levels, decreased need for sleep, rapid, pressured speech, disorganized behavior among others are symptomatic of Mania. During a manic episode a person [...]

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Experiencing trauma may lead to depression and/or anxiety disorders such as Post – Traumatic Stress Disorder. There is much that can be done to heal from PTSD. Post - Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that may develop after experiencing a traumatic event or prolonged trauma. The condition was originally termed [...]

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder / Obsessions

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Obsessions can be triggered by birth, and can be treated. If you are suffering from obsessions contact Nitza today to get the right help. Obsessions after birth usually manifests itself as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Sufferers are troubled by intrusive, sometimes scary thoughts, obsessions, and carrying out rituals over and over again in order to [...]

Prenatal and Postpartum Anxiety Reactions

Although depression is the most widely known type of postpartum reaction, a great many women suffer from various forms of anxiety as well. Prevalence is estimated at between10% and 26%. Anxiety is a psychological and/or physiological state in which a person feels a lack of tranquility, with fear, tension, excessive worry about a real or [...]

Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Depression (PPD) So what exactly is Postpartum Depression and what causes it? Postpartum Depression is the most used term to cover an array of reactions which occur after birth but are now known also to occur in pregnancy. Postpartum Depression has been the general term used to cover not only Postpartum Depression but Postpartum [...]

Postpartum Adjustment Disorder

Approximately 20% of women suffer from Postpartum Adjustment Disorder. (We abbreviate here as PPAD). This postpartum disorders lasts from one to three months, and is somewhat an extension of the Baby Blues.  Instead of the symptoms of the Baby Blues disappearing as in most women after 2-3 weeks, in this postpartum reaction,  may continue for [...]

Baby Blues

From the first days after birth until approximately two weeks after birth some 80% of mothers experience what is called “Baby Blues”. Women are often weepy and emotionally fragile and this reaction is accompanied by symptoms which may include among others: Sadness Anxiousness Hypersensitivity Irritability Crying Mood swings Tension Fatigue Sleep difficulties Changes in Appetite [...]

Depression During Pregnancy

Most people are under the mistaken impression that depression only presents after birth. This is why we make a point of stating that a woman may suffer from depression and related reactions such as anxiety and OCD, etc. during pregnancy as well as after birth. Statistics indicate that 7%-26% of women suffer from depression already [...]

Tips for Self-Care

Tips for Self Care During Pregnancy and After Birth During Pregnancy a woman’s body goes through enormous changes. Some women suffer from severe nausea, while with others it’s milder and some women don’t experience any.  There are women who feel great and have lots of energy while many are extremely tired and barely have energy [...]

Exercise

In 2009, The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommended that pregnant and postpartum women engage in 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week. They have said that based on the available evidence it is concluded that while awaiting further high quality trial evidence it would seem appropriate for exercise to [...]

Maternity Leave

Maternity leave is a concept that needs to be taken seriously. This period should be renamed as ‘recovery from birth”. Many times women give birth and make extensive plans for their maternity leave. The plans include arranging shelves, painting the children’s’ room, washing the curtains and all kinds of chores that they have not had time to [...]

EFT

The Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) was developed in 1997 by Gary Craig, inspired by the famous physiologist Dr. Roger Calahan. EFT Is actually a simplification of the TFT method which was developed by Dr. Callahan, a clinical psychologist. Dr. Callahan designed this method to help people who suffered from phobias and anxieties. According to this approach, the source of the anxiety and [...]

CBT

Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT) is a short-term, goal-focused evidence based therapy. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a very effective therapy for depression, anxiety, phobias, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The premise of CBT is that the way we perceive things affects the way we behave. Distorted, illogical and destructive thought patterns affect emotions and behavior and can lead to [...]

EMDR

EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR is an effective therapeutic approach for trauma victims.  EMDR is an acronym for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. This therapeutic method was first developed in 1987 by an American psychologist named Dr. Francine Shapiro. The treatments were EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. designed to treat people who suffered from trauma. Today, this method is [...]

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy, sometimes referred to as emotional or talk therapy, is therapy designed to resolve crises, treat disorders, relieve distress, and help a person deal with emotional difficulties he or she experiences. At the end of the treatment, the person is supposed to feel better, with greater self-confidence that will enable them to develop and grow further [...]

Parenting Centers

They say he/she is just a baby, so they can’t detect or feel their mother in a low mood. Some think that all that is needed for a baby is to satisfy their basic needs – to let them sleep and eat. However, research has shown that a baby responds to the mother’s mood and that [...]

Support Group

Support groups are made up of individuals who face similar problems. At NITZA these groups are comprised of prenatal or postpartum mothers, mothers and babies, fathers, or family members whose challenges include anxiety, obsessions, depression, difficulties connecting with the baby, understanding how to deal with the current crisis or situation, etc. .These groups are a [...]

Medication

Psychiatric medication is thankfully losing much of its stigma.  In recent years as thousands upon thousands of individuals are being helped by these drugs, the fear and ignorance are significantly decreasing. Psychiatric medication also known as psychotropic medication is extremely helpful in treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression and related reactions such as Anxiety Disorders, OCD, [...]

Couples Counseling

Couples Counseling One of the most significant risk factors of postnatal depression is a lack of support in general and from one’s partner specifically. In many instances, the relationship is already shaky before birth and with the added stress of a new baby, the tension often increases. With the lack of support, understanding and instrumental help from [...]

Treatment and Care

Treatment and Care At NITZA we believe that the goal of treatment is to enable you to reach your optimum health so that you are able to feel better and function well. The ways to achieve this are many and vary from woman to woman.  Some women will benefit from among others, talk therapy also [...]