Postnatal Depression (PND) is a common affliction, affecting as many of one in seven new mothers. It occurs after the birth of a baby, as the upheaval and changes that come with a new arrival can be a very emotional and overwhelming, requiring many adjustments.
Symptoms of PND
The signs of PND are similar to those displayed by people with general depression. They include:
- Feeling miserable, sad or down
- Losing interest in previously enjoyed activities
- Fatigue, sleepiness, and lethargy
- Interrupted or altered sleeping patterns
- Marked changes in appetite
- Frequent tearful episodes
- Being overwhelmed by emotions
- Feeling unable to cope
- A decrease in self-esteem
- An increase in feelings of guilt and/or hopelessness
- Withdrawing from social circles
How to get help
Fortunately, PND is treatable, especially if help is sought sooner rather than later. A qualified psychologist can help you through this difficult time and out to the other side.
Psychological treatments are proven to help people with their issues by helping them to develop better coping skills and change negative patterns of thinking so that they can deal better with life’s conflicts and stresses.
Psychological therapies can help a person to recover and can also prevent issues from reoccurring. Psychological treatments can include Relaxation Skills, Psychoeducation, Psychological Counselling, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Inter-Personal Therapy (IPT), Behaviour Therapy, and Hypnosis.
Medicare rebates are available to those who are eligible. Rebates can be paid directly into your bank account when sessions are paid for using cash, cheque or EFTPOS.
How to Get Help
To find out more about PND or to make an appointment with our psychologists for clients in Brighton, Bayside suburbs or all over Melbourne, please feel free to contact us on 03 9133 0996