Pregnancy and childbirth can evoke difficult feelings for some mothers. It’s both a significant and happy event, but the thrill and reward can also sit next to difficulties and stress. There are physical and emotional changes during pregnancy and after childbirth. Women can feel sad, tired and fatigued. New mothers can suffer from hunger or loss of appetite, can be anxious and can also have poor attachment to their baby.
Psychotherapy for postnatal depression
Engaging in therapy with a trained psychotherapist at this time can help mothers explore their feelings and develop a stronger sense of self and ensure a more fulfilling life as a new mother – in a confidential, safe and non-judgemental environment. Often discussing one’s feelings with a one of our three female therapist counsellors will offer insight and clarity and will help develop new strengths to cope.
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Initially, women may feel reserved about talking about her symptoms with her health professional – they may be inhibited by denial, a sense of shame, fear – or it may be a lack of energy – but mothers should be encouraged to talk about their feelings and to seek help. Treatment may be psychotherapy or medication and this depends on the severity of the depression. In either case the earlier the treatment, the better the outcome is likely to be. Psychotherapy is widely believed to be more successful than medication though each woman may express her preferences.
In addition to psychotherapeutic help, additional support from other partner & community sources may well give a complementary benefit and vice versa. Good nutrition is also widely believed to complement any other treatment.
PND can happen to anyone and no-one is a bad mother for suffering from it, or seeking help. In fact, it’s a sign of strength to seek help. Mother, baby and the wider family will benefit if mummy is feeling better.