Postpartum Depression 2018-08-07T11:58:46+00:00

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Support With Postnatal Depression

It is crucial to identify the early warning signs of PND in order to prevent the condition from increasing in severity. In this sense, undetected symptoms can intensify over time. Availing of support from a spouse, friend or family member is a necessity, yet too many suffer in silence for fear of judgement. Our counsellors and psychotherapists at Aspects Therapy have a high success rate for treating postnatal depression.

We go to great lengths to help women normalise the condition, so as the sufferer does not perceive valid feelings as personal inadequacies. We provide support for the emotional and psychological upheaval that postnatal depression can bring. With a therapeutic objective to build parental confidence and competence, our client’s learn valuable parenting skills and tips to assist in stress reduction and to help manage the demands attached to rearing a child.

Postnatal Depression

Studies conducted by The Centres for Disease Control show that Postnatal Depression (PND) affects 11-20% of women. PND is a condition that new mothers experience within approximately 4-6 weeks after childbirth, although time periods can vary considerably from individual to individual.

While feeling physically, mentally or emotionally unequipped for motherhood, many women struggle to adapt to the role and can often feel overwhelmed as a result. First-time mothers in particular, may struggle in adjusting to such a demanding new role. For others, the difficulty in attuning into maternal instincts can be immense, which often renders the new mother feeling incompetent and believing she is unsuitable as a parent.

So many women suffer from postnatal depression while being completely unaware that they have the condition.

Reasons For Postnatal Depression

Given the physical demands associated to pregnancy, a recuperation period is paramount for the female body to heal. Yet some women need more healing time for the mental or emotional toll that pregnancy can have. Despite being in recovery mode, nature’s demands undoubtedly increase, and many mothers can feel over-worked and even burdened by the infant. Generally speaking, because women get longer time periods for maternity leave than men, women who struggle with postnatal depression often feel alone in their struggles in cases where their partner is absent during a work day.

Symptoms of PND

Decreases in energy/mood
Emotional sensitivity
Coping ineffectively
Sleep disturbance
Identity crises
Increased stress levels
Overwhelmed by responsibility
Lack of focus
Low self-esteem/confidence
Anxiety/panic attacks
Feeling guilty/ashamed
Negative views on motherhood
Low frustration tolerance
Decreases in sex drive

Causes of PND

A history of depression
Domestic violence
Abuse victimisation
Pregnancy complications
Traumatic delivery
Mental health issues
Familial mental illness
Adverse environmental factors
Financial insecurity
High stress levels
Hormonal imbalance
Conflict with partner
Job/career loss
Social isolation

Effects Of Postnatal Depression

Postnatal depression can be a complex condition and can often involve the mother building an unconscious resentment towards the constant demands of the infant, or for the personal sacrifices made. Guilt is likely to follow as a result.  In light of the sleep disturbance attributed to caring for an infant, women can experience sleep-deprivation and subsequent agitation or even anger on a daily basis. In extreme cases, postnatal depression can lead to a complete emotional or mental breakdown. Given the immense pressure that some mothers feel, it can be increasingly difficult to look after a young child, if they struggle to look after themselves.

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