Post natal depression

Post natal depression affects at least one in ten women who have given birth. Aside from hormones and birth trauma, the most common risk factors for post natal depression are:

  • previous mental health problems
  • lack of support
  • experience of abuse
  • low self-esteem
  • major life events

You are also at risk of developing post natal anxiety disorders and post natal obsessive compulsive disorder.

The main symptoms of post natal depression (source: NHS)

  • a persistent feeling of sadness and low mood
  • loss of interest in the world around you and no longer enjoying things that used to give you pleasure
  • lack of energy and feeling tired all the time
  • trouble sleeping at night and feeling sleepy during the day
  • feeling that you’re unable to look after your baby
  • problems concentrating and making decisions
  • loss of appetite or an increased appetite (comfort eating)
  • feeling agitated, irritable or very apathetic (you “can’t be bothered”)
  • feelings of guilt, hopelessness and self-blame
  • difficulty bonding with your baby with a feeling of indifference and no sense of enjoyment in his or her company
  • frightening thoughts – for example, about hurting your baby; these can be scary, but they’re very rarely acted upon
  • thinking about suicide and self-harm

Traumatic Incident Reduction is a very effective way of addressing all these symptoms, regardless of what the cause is. Please contact me to book an initial appointment.

 

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