Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can be an effective therapy for women suffering from prenatal depression. The Daily Mail recently told the story of public relations executive Tina Barrett who suffered from prenatal depression for the whole nine months of her pregnancy. Thirty-two year old Tina was quoted as saying:
“I just wanted to shut myself away from the world. The pregnancy wasn’t planned. Ideally we’d have waited a few more years, but Craig – a graphic designer – and I wanted a family and we didn’t even consider not having the child. But I couldn’t understand why I didn’t feel as ecstatic as everyone around me, why something just didn’t feel right. I didn’t want to look at the pregnancy books people gave me or go to ante-natal classes. I’ve always been an optimistic person, but once I became pregnant I didn’t feel like me any more.”
Prenatal depression, also known as antenatal depression, is experienced by just as many women as postnatal depression, yet is relatively unrecognised. Half of these sufferers also go on to suffer from postnatal depression. In severe cases, some develop psychotic tendencies and potentially that can place the baby at risk.
Many doctors recognise that treating a depressed, pregnant woman can pose certain problems as antidepressant drugs during pregnancy is not a good idea and this is where other treatments need to be explored. CBT is one of the treatments that can be highly effective and helps people to identify their behaviour issues and change their beliefs.