Here at Your Mind Therapy, I offer PND therapy (Postnatal Depression). I use both CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and a holistic approach to all my therapies, allowing me to provide a therapy specific to your needs and requirements.
The birth of a child is an emotional time for all. There is a lot involved in the anticipation of a new born baby. Everyone excitedly counts up or down to that special day. Quite rightly, when there is something this wonderful on the horizon, everyone is caught up with the excitement of it all.
Of course, for the parents, there is a lot more involved than just these external considerations. As we know the birth, particularly for the mother, involves a series of chemical reactions within the body, that are responsible for the physical and mental health of both parent and child. Before and after there is certainly a lot to process. It is completely natural and understandable, therefore, when our balance and the way we feel does not always go to plan, or how we expect. Please do not worry anymore, or think you have done something wrong.
Do I Need Postnatal Depression Therapy?
Most women experience a series of highs and lows, both mentally and physically, after the birth of a child, so much so that ‘baby blues’ are considered to be a normal reaction to the event. However normal these reactions may be, or however minor they may seem, there is never anything wrong with getting support to care for yourself and for your family, including your new born, in the best way possible.
However, at times these feelings and other symptoms may be more powerfully overwhelming and last for extended periods of time. In these cases, symptoms are usually recognised and diagnosed as Postnatal Depression. Therapy for postnatal depression can help in all the above cases, both in mild and more severe forms. Although PND is serious, it is not something you should feel ashamed of or embarrassed about. You can get help to find the right balance and gain control of these feelings.
Lack of interest in the outside world
Behaving ‘out of character’ – E.g. A lack of joy over current events, or frightening thoughts that may involve harm to you or your baby
Trouble concentrating, and feelings of confusion
Experiencing of tiredness and fatigue, but not being able to get adequate sleep even when your baby does.
(It is important to note that this form of depression can be experienced by either the mother or the father of the new born, and sometimes, especially if the birthing period was difficult, both can experience it together. It may also not appear straight away, but could start anytime within a year of giving birth.)
When you come to me (Raj), I will endeavour to help you, help yourself to recovery. As your postnatal depression counsellor, I will work with you to find methods that will give you the resources needed to recognise and manage your symptoms. For example, knowing and working within the range of your limitations takes courage, but by doing so when you are struggling may mean you can achieve more in the long run. Knowing which situations you need to rest, and when you could use support in is a big step towards a successful recovery. Together, we can explore these strategies, and use my experience as a postpartum depression therapist to help you find effective ways to administer self-care and understanding.