Caring for Moms During Mental Health Month

Budding trees and blooming flowers remind us that spring is a time for growth and transformation. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the month in which many people celebrate Mother’s Day. Between the cards, flowers, and thoughtful gifts, Mother’s Day can be a complicated holiday and a source of pain for many women.

Motherhood comes in many forms: single mothers; mothers who share custody; mothers who have experienced infertility; foster and adoptive mothers; mothers who have experienced the tragic loss of a pregnancy, an infant, or an older child; mothers who feel overwhelmed by the demands of life.

There is immense societal pressure for mothers to feel happy on Mother’s Day, but the reality is that motherhood is emotionally and physically challenging at times. The pressure for women to balance their life roles flawlessly—to be the perfect mother, partner, employee, daughter, sister, and friend—while handling challenges with ease and grace can have significant negative impacts on their mental health and wellbeing.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 20% of mothers experience clinical depression after childbirth. This has an impact not only on a woman’s ability to care for themselves, but also the ability to care for their infant or child. This in turn has an impact on the development of the child and can of course cause the mother further distress.

We can look out for the moms in our lives by recognizing the signs of maternal mental health issues such as depression or other perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, which may include:

  • Extreme sadness and/or tearfulness
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Lack of interest or motivation
  • Feeling numb or disconnected
  • Feeling irritable or angry
  • Extreme worry, fear, or anxiety
  • Extreme mood swings or changes
  • Appetite or sleep disturbances

At Chicago Behavioral Hospital, our Women’s Connection program is designed to address the mental health needs of women experiencing symptoms of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

If you or someone you care about is in need of help, please call us at 844-756-8600.

How COVID-19 Impacts Women

Women are reporting higher rates of psychological distress compared to men. Anxiety about the COVID-19 pandemic is a growing concern but early studies have indicated women may experience these feelings at an increased level.

Families affected financially by COVID-19 and those adjusting to closures of childcare and after school day care, are more likely to be psychologically impacted by this crisis. Women in Illinois are more likely to be living paycheck-to-paycheck and more likely to be responsible for children with school closures. All of these factors contribute to the increased stress and anxiety women may be feeling.

Many women may find themselves in a situation where the anxiety and stress from these emotions overwhelm them. For working parents, balancing the requirements of a job with new family obligations can be a real struggle.

Recognizing when these feelings become too much is important. Changes in sleep patterns, inability to complete small tasks, and feeling extreme fatigue are all signs it may be time to ask for help.

Chicago Behavioral Hospital specializes in treatment for women. Our compassionate team of mental health professionals work with patients and their families to determine the best type of support we can provide. Using evidence-based treatment specific to women, we hope to provide long lasting change.

No cost mental health assessments are offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Please call for more information: (844) 756-8600

COVID-19 and Your Mental Health

Worries and anxiety about COVID-19 and its impact can be overwhelming. For many people, social distancing can make it even more challenging. Learning ways to cope during the pandemic and knowing when to seek help, ensures your mental health needs will be met.

The COVID-19 pandemic has most likely disrupted how you live your daily life. Changes in routines, uncertainty, financial pressures, and social isolation can all lead to a mental health crisis. Information overload, misinformation, and rumors can lead to overwhelming anxiety and feeling like your life is out of your control.

Chicago Behavioral Hospital understands this can be a stressful time. Here are some self-care strategies you can try:

  • Get enough sleep. Go to bed and get up at the same times each day. Keep close to your regular schedule, even if you’re staying home.
  • Physical activity. Regular physical activity and exercise, while following CDC guidelines, can help reduce anxiety and improve mood.
  • Eat healthy. Avoid junk food and eat a well-balanced diet.
  • Relax and recharge. Set aside time for yourself to meditate, read, or work on a hobby.

If your feelings of anxiety and uncertainty prevent you from accomplishing everyday tasks, it may be time to get help. Chicago Behavioral Hospital has the tools and knowledge you need to feel in control. We offer both inpatient and outpatient treatment for adolescents, adults, and senior adults.

Chicago behavioral offers no cost mental health assessments 24 hours a day, 7 days week. A licensed mental health professional will recommend treatment based on your individual needs.

We take the health and safety of our patients, staff, and their families very seriously. CDC and local health guidelines have been implemented at our hospital to ensure everyone’s safety.

As an added feature, assessments can also be completed via telehealth. Call to schedule an appointment or for more information: 844-756-8600.

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