NCH provides a range of mental health services to help you. We believe that your mental and emotional health is just as important to your overall well-being as your physical health.
Call 847.618.4100 for help.
Depression is a medical condition. It may be caused by a chemical imbalance, a stressful or very emotional life event and/or a lack of social support. It can run in families and may reoccur.
You may be suffering from depression if you have five or more of the following symptoms that last for at least two weeks:
If you are suffering from these symptoms, seek help now. NCH provides a range of mental health services. Call 847.618.4100 for more information.
If you or someone you know is experiencing even a few symptoms of postpartum depression or postpartum psychosis, seek medical help right away. For a life-threatening crisis, please call 911.
For a downloadable list of postpartum depression symptoms, click here.
Postpartum depression results from a combination of biological, hormonal, environmental and psychological factors. You may be at-risk if you have a family history of depression, lack social support, or have experienced adverse life events and/or problems in your marriage. There are three types of postpartum depression:
Treatments vary by individual, and can include antidepressant medication, counseling, interpersonal psychotherapy, and in extreme cases, hospitalization.
There are a number of things you can do to help your condition such as sleeping when the baby sleeps, asking for help with chores, talking about your feelings, getting out of the house to enjoy favorite activities, joining a support group, and looking into counseling or medical treatment options.
If you are a partner, relative, friend or support person of someone experiencing postpartum depression, you can help by listening, and by providing love, support and understanding during this time. If more help is needed, contact NCH's Mental Health Network at 847.618.4100.
If you have recently lost a baby, our Renew Through Sharing program is here to provide support for families experiencing a pregnancy loss through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or newborn death. You are welcome to participate in our group or activities whether you received care at NCH or not. For more information please call Pam Ferguson at 847.618.5220 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alcohol can play a significant role in depression – whether it's your own drinking or some else's. Many professionals believe that alcoholism is a family disease affecting not only the drinker, but everyone around him or her. If you are in a life-threatening crisis, please call 911. There are also support groups that can help: