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Maternal Depression
Maternal Depression
In recognition of mothers who struggle during pregnancy and after birth with feeling down, the Care and Counseling Center of Georgia shines a light on National Maternal Depression Awareness Month. One in seven women develop maternal depression, either during or after pregnancy, according to a 2013 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). 

While many women report a short-term experience of “the baby blues” after giving birth, this study reveals that many pregnant and post-natal women find themselves dealing with symptoms of ongoing depression, including but not limited to:
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Social withdrawal
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Lack of motivation
  • Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed
  • Changes in eating and sleeping habits
  • Hopelessness
  • A desire to self-harm or harm others

This study also finds that women with this experience frequently avoid seeking help due to a lack of understanding about the condition and the stigma surrounding mental illness. Click here for more information about the study.

Care and Counseling Center of Georgia offers many resources to meet the needs of those experiencing Maternal Depression. Contact us at to learn more or to schedule an appointment.
In Development
CCCG Wins Grant Award
The Care and Counseling Center of Georgia was recently awarded a grant of $35,000 from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta’s Kaiser Permanente Fund to support our continued efforts to provide mental health assessments and care to underserved members of our community. 

Since 1951, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has been connecting the passions of philanthropists with the purposes of nonprofits doing that work. With over 66 years serving the 23-county Atlanta region and a robust team of experts, the Community Foundation manages the behind-the-scenes details, empowering our donors to focus on the joy of giving. For more information, visit: or connect with the Foundation via Facebook , LinkedIn and Twitter .
Staff Spotlight
Janay Whittaker
Janay Whittaker
Janay Whittaker, APC, NCC, MDiv, MA, is a counselor-in-training who began working with CCCG in February, having completed her degree from Wake Forest University in December. She grew up in Stone Mountain and is pleased to return to the area and her home church after four years in North Carolina. Whittaker appreciates the community she has found at CCCG, stating, “I can consult with other counselors, in addition to getting supervision here… I also like the independence and flexibility, as well as the support the organization provides.”
Ongoing & Upcoming
Offered below is a brief listing of upcoming and ongoing CCCG events.
Scientifically based treatment for persons using alcohol and other drugs who have concerns or want to stop. Includes motivational enhancement, emotional coping skills, mindfulness, personal empowerment, and experiential learning.
The 5th session of our 6-part "First Fridays" continuing education series, "Recovery, Resiliency and Trauma-Informed Care." Friday, May 3 rd. Check-in and coffee at 8:30 am. Workshop begins at 9 am. 3 CE hours: $40.
CCCG Main Office (Decatur) Room 111. Led by Dr. Gary Byrd, PhD, MAC, CCS, CAMS.
A 6-Week DBT Boot Camp with Ann Marie Lehrer at CCCG’s main office. Learn to be more mindful, to strengthen effectiveness in relationships, to tolerate distress, and regulate emotions! Tuesdays through May 21.
Cost: $120 for the series.
Saturdays at 10 am. FREE! (donations accepted). This is for you if you would like a Buddhist-based approach to recovery—from substances, eating disorders, process addictions, and much more!
Support Groups
Single Mothers Support Group with Jenny Clark: Wednesdays at 6:30 pm at Glenn Memorial UMC. FREE!

Eating Disorder Support Group : Every Thursday from 7-8 pm. FREE!

SMART Recovery ® Group : Every Wednesday from 7-7:45 pm. FREE!

Weekly Grief Support Group at Oak Grove UMC : For individuals who have experienced loss and are looking for a community of support. Tuesdays 6:30–7:30 pm. FREE!

Monthly Grief Support Group in Decatur with Gayle Benator : FREE! Meets the last Thursday of every month at 6 pm and is sponsored by A.S. Turner & Sons Funeral Home. It is open to the community and free of charge to participants.
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