What is Postnatal Depression
Postnatal depression is a type of depression that affects more than 1 in 10 women within a year after giving birth. It has also been known to affect fathers and partners. We are here to help you through these issues.
It is not at all uncommon for women to feel a bit tearful and anxious in the first two weeks after giving birth, this is what is known as the ‘baby blues’. Although, if these symptoms last longer than two weeks, it may be a sign of postnatal depression. Symptoms of postnatal depression include:
- A continual feeling of sadness and low mood
- Apathy towards the wider world
- Feeling tired all the time
- Insomnia and feeling sleepy during the day
- Finding it difficult to bond with your baby
- Becoming a recluse
- Difficulty concentrating and being indecisive
- Negative thoughts – for instance, about hurting your baby
It is important to pay attention to how you are feeling, over the first few weeks after birth, as postnatal depression develops gradually.
Our approach to treating Postnatal Depression
We tailor our approach to each client, as everyone has different needs and a different point of view. So in our first session we will chat with you to find out your view point, and discuss what course of action will be best to take. Arguably the most effective way of comprehending and dealing with postnatal depression is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Our CBT classes will assist you in conquering the negative beliefs you have by teaching new behaviours and thought patterns, easing you back into normal life. Postnatal depression can be a very sensitive issue for a lot of people. It often makes them feel resentment towards their child, their partner and themselves. This is why no client information is ever passed on to third parties. Although, we do occasionally add case studies and comments from clients to our web site. These do not contain any full names or exact locations. If you would like to find out if we could help you, we invite you to contact us.
I just wanted to thank you for all your help. I really feel like I’m getting better and starting to become the person who I really am.