Postpartum Depression Treatment Burlington VT

You thought you have a postpartum depression? Rather than rushing to treat your symptoms with medication, it would be more appropriate to first do some testing to make sure no underlying nutritional or endocrine problems need correcting.

Ms. Rebecca Sherlock
(802) 865-7878
Whiteface St. [near Kennedy Dr. & Hinesburg Rd.]
So. Burlington, VT
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Vermont
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues, Physical Illness/Impairment, Stress, Gender Identity, Life Transitions, Psych
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Transgendered, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Dr. Janice Murakami
(802) 863-6114
92 Adams Street
Burlington, VT
Credentials
Credentials: PhD
Licensed in Vermont
28 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

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Dr. Dianne Coffey
(802) 472-1255
Stillwater Counseling Center20 West Canal Street
Winooski, VT
Specialties
Depression, Anxiety or Fears, Relationship Issues, Personality Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Maine
Year of Graduation: 1997
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Average Cost
$80 - $90
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No

Ms. Louise Stormes
(802) 858-5004 x1
1 Mill Street
Burlington, VT
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears, Relationship Issues, Depression
Qualification
School: University of Vermont
Year of Graduation: 2000
Years In Practice: 9 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults
Average Cost
$60 - $90
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Dr. Barbara M Van Drimmelen
(802) 851-5557
444 S. Union St
Burlington, VT
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears, Depression, Parenting, Mood Disorders
Qualification
School: Hahnemann University, Philidelphia, PA
Year of Graduation: 1990
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Ms. Doris Tillotson
Doris E Tillotson LICSW, BCD
(802) 865-1191
85 South Street
Burlington, VT
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW, BCD
Licensed in Vermont
28 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Physical Illness/Impairment, Stress, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Disabled, Caregivers, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Obese or Overweight
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Patricia A. Pati
(802) 651-7737
6 Kurk Drive
Essex Junction, VT
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Substance-Related Disorder (e.g., abuse or dependency involving drug/alcohol), Couples Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Stress Management or Pain Management
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: United States International University
Credentialed Since: 1985-10-15

Data Provided by:
Ms. Diane Montgomery-Logan
(802) 221-0178
EMDR, Hypnosis and Group Therapy, Burlington Area99 Hall Street
Winooski, VT
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears, Depression, Relationship Issues, Dissociative Disorders
Qualification
School: Goddard College
Year of Graduation: 1988
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults
Average Cost
$120 - $120
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: No

Ms. Luanne Sberna
(802) 551-1803 x2
Turnstone Associates in Psychotherapy & ExpressiveOne Mill Street
Burlington, VT
Specialties
Depression, Anxiety or Fears, Addiction, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: Antioch New England Graduate School
Year of Graduation: 1987
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$80 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Dr. Kate Longmaid
(802) 222-0020
110 Main St
Burlington, VT
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Creativity, Depression
Qualification
School: University of Virginia
Year of Graduation: 1994
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults
Average Cost
$110 - $110
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes

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Postpartum Depression

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By Robert Rountree, MD

Q.
Three months ago I gave birth to my first child, a beautiful baby girl. Ever since, I’ve felt extremely tired all the time, plus I frequently get very moody, depressed, and irritable. My ob-gyn wants me to take an antidepressant, but I would rather avoid medication. Suggestions?

A. Rather than rushing to treat your symptoms with medication, it would be more appropriate to first do some testing to make sure no underlying nutritional or endocrine problems need correcting. If you haven’t already done so, you should start with a blood test for anemia. Anemia after childbirth can be caused by deficiencies of iron and/or B vitamins, especially folic acid, B12, and B6. These deficiencies are usually corrected by taking a standard prenatal vitamin-mineral supplement. However, at least 25 percent of women have a genetic condition that increases their need for folic acid. For that reason, I recommend measuring your blood levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that increases when there is a deficiency of folic acid. A test for levels of methylmalonic acid, which increases with vitamin B12 deficiency, may also prove useful. Studies have shown that people with depression tend to have elevated levels of homocysteine along with low levels of folic acid, vitamin B12, and vitamin B6.

I also recommend having your blood sugar tested to make sure you don’t have diabetes or reactive hypoglycemia. You can test your blood sugar at home by using one of the handheld glucometers available at most drug stores. If your blood sugar is bouncing up and down, that can certainly drain your energy and make you feel irritable, even if the levels aren’t high or low enough to qualify as an official disease. The best way to stabilize blood sugar is to eat frequent small meals with lots of fiber and protein.

You should definitely get a complete test for thyroid hormone levels, including anti-thyroid antibodies. Thyroid disorders (both hyper- and hypo-) from autoimmune thyroiditis are very common in the postpartum period, affecting up to 10 percent of new mothers. If these are normal, I would recommend an adrenal hormone analysis, which measures salivary levels of cortisol throughout the day and evening. The cumulative physical and emotional stress of pregnancy and childbirth, followed by the 24-hour job of caring for a helpless infant is enough to strain anyone’s adrenal glands, so it’s not unusual to find problems with cortisol production.

In addition to correcting any abnormalities that might turn up with this testing, I strongly recommend taking a fish oil supplement that is high in DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Studies have shown that pregnant and postpartum women tend to be depleted of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil, especially DHA. Restoring DHA to normal levels can improve mood and—via breast milk—enhance brain function in the baby. A good target dose is 1,200 to 2,400 mg of DHA and 250 to 500 mg EPA a day.

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