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Postpartum Mental Health

Guest blog post written by Elise Derevjanik, LMHC

Since May is Mental Health Awareness month, lets talk about postpartum mood disorders!

About 1 in 7 women will experience a postpartum mood disorder, commonly referred to as Postpartum Depression (PPD), after giving birth. PPD is the most common complication for women who have just had a baby.

So what is it, why is it important to talk about, and why is it important to treat?

A postpartum mood disorder differs from the “baby blues” in that the symptoms are more serious and last longer, usually requiring treatment to get better. Some common signs that you might be experiencing PPD are: 

Changes in your feelings:

Changes in your everyday life:

Changes in how you think about yourself or your baby:

If you find yourself experiencing several of these symptoms for more than 2 weeks, it is important to seek treatment. You can contact a mental health counselor who will help you manage your symptoms and make recommendations to support you in feeling better. is a wonderful resource to find local therapists near you if you are unsure where to start in this journey. 

Treating PPD is important because of the many ways it can impact a family if left untreated: 

Impact on Infants:

Impact on baby as they grow:

Impact on family:

PPD is powerful and important to talk about and treat.

If you or someone you know is suffering from PPD remember:

You are not alone.

You are not to blame.

With the right help you will get better

Things you can try to do right now: 

-Elise Derevjanik, LMHC

Elise is a NYS licensed mental health counselor who specializes in prenatal and postpartum mental health. She has over 10 years of clinical experience and a certificate of specialized training in postpartum mood disorders.  She holds a Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from the State University of New York at New Paltz. 

Elise’s goal is to help women and families be their best selves. She focuses on fertility, conception, pregnancy, pregnancy loss, and the transition to motherhood and parenting. The stress and emotions that accompany these life changes can be challenging. It is difficult to make time for your own self care and mental health needs, but doing so is vital. Elise provides compassionate, safe, non-judgemental counseling to help her clients be their best selves. 

Elise is currently providing therapeutic in-home sessions  in the surrounding area of Beacon, NY and runs a weekly postpartum support group in Beacon, NY.  She will also be available for office visits in the near future. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with Elise, click the link to her website below for more information!

Isn’t Elise Awesome!? Stay connected with Elise for more information around PPD and much more!




Phone: 845-901-7552

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