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Library - School Sports - Noyes Schedules & Info All At GallowayPatriot.com The Grizzly Garden at Galloway Township Middle School The Grizzly Garden, located at the Galloway Township Middle School of the Galloway Township Public Schools in Atlantic County, N.J. The Grizzly Garden is helping the students of the Galloway Township Middle School Grow To Maturity and Success through Respect, Hard Work, Integrity, Diversity, Communication and Excellence. The Grizzly Garden is a school garden sustained through a grant provided by Atlanticare and maintained by the staff, students and community of Galloway Township.


Fire Prevention Week at Arthur Rann Arthur Rann grades K-3 had the chance to meet some heroes for Fire Prevention Week. The firefighters from Galloway came to visit our school and teach us about fire safety. We got to see the inside of a truck, jump out of windows, and learned about all the amazing work they do to help us. Thank you so much for coming and for your dedication to our community! See more pics at GallowayPatriot.com


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Dr. Nina Radcliff Board Certified Anesthesiologist, a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, and licensed to practice medicine in California, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey Postpartum Depression: Time for a Wake Up Call It would be blasphemy to joke about or ridicule someone with breast cancer or who has been paralyzed by a stroke. It should be no different for postpartum depression. Last month, Miriam Carey, a 34 year-old mother, was shot dead by Capitol Hill police officers after she tried to drive into a blocked entrance near the White House with her young child in the car. Despite the tragedy of the incidence, many joked about it and said she was “crazy.” She was not crazy, she suffered from an illness that many have little awareness about, despite the fact that up to 19% of women experience some level of postpartum depression after childbirth (nearly 25% experience depression during pregnancy). If you asked me a few years back what postpartum depression was, I would have little information to offer on the matter. What I knew was limited to Tom Cruise making some politically incorrect statements after Brooke Shields started a public awareness campaign. I would never have foreseen that I would have postpartum depression. I was married to the love of my life, had been trying for nearly a year to conceive and assumed that I would be exuberant with my baby daughter’s arrival. Not only did I lack that joy, but was deeply saddened and completely overwhelmed. I blamed it on being exhausted and assumed it would get better; but it did not. In hindsight, my biggest mistakes were: not understanding what postpartum depression was and worrying about the social stigmata that this illness carries. Symptoms “Baby blues” may be see in the first few weeks after a child’s birth and includes mood swings, difficulty with sleeping, easy irritability, crying, sadness and anxiety. This is considered a completely normal response to the stress of adjusting to the newborn. However, when these feelings last beyond 2-3 weeks, it may be postpartum depression. The mother may experience: • Withdrawal from family and friends • Feelings of inadequacy, shame, guilt or being overwhelmed • Loss of appetite • Difficulty bonding with the baby or not interested in the baby • A loss of interest in life or that life is not worth living • Difficulty concentrating • Not taking care of themselves or wanting to get out of bed One in 1,000 women experience postpartum psychosis a few weeks after childbirth. This involves: hallucinations, delusions, paranoia and attempts by the mother to harm herself or her baby. Causes

The exact cause has not been determined but it is believed that postpartum depression results from changes in hormone levels after pregnancy. There appears to be an increased risk when women have: complications of pregnancy or delivery; a sick baby; stressors in their life; or poor support from their spouse or partner, family or friends. Postpartum psychosis appears to be associated with mental illness. Specifically, when a mother or close family member has had bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Again this is rare, but the tragedies that surround it garner media attention. Treatment Knowing is half the battle. Discuss with your obstetrician about postpartum depression while you are pregnant so you know what to look out for and do not have to start at square one. And share this knowledge with your partner, spouse, family and friends so they can be supportive and notice symptoms. You may be surprised to learn that up to 14% of fathers also suffer from depression after the birth of a child. This often goes unnoticed and can contribute to significant stress in a relationship. How your physician treats you depends on your symptoms and their severity. Cognitive behavioral therapy (aka “talk therapy”) involves working with a trained professional to change the way we think in order to feel and act better. It allows a forum to express your feelings, motivate change and learn coping mechanisms. Some women may require antidepressant medication or anti-anxiety medications in addition to “talk therapy.”

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Galloway Patriot November 2013