Postnatal Depression

Postnatal Depression (PND) is a common affliction, affecting as many of one in seven new mothers. It occurs after the birth of a baby, as the upheaval and changes that come with a new arrival can be a very emotional and overwhelming, requiring many adjustments.

Symptoms of PND

The signs of PND are similar to those displayed by people with general depression. They include:

  • Feeling miserable, sad or down
  • Losing interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Fatigue, sleepiness, and lethargy
  • Interrupted or altered sleeping patterns
  • Marked changes in appetite
  • Frequent tearful episodes
  • Being overwhelmed by emotions
  • Feeling unable to cope
  • A decrease in self-esteem
  • An increase in feelings of guilt and/or hopelessness
  • Withdrawing from social circles

How to get help

Fortunately, PND is treatable, especially if help is sought sooner rather than later. A qualified psychologist can help you through this difficult time and out to the other side.

Medicare Rebates

Under the government’s Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative, Australians who are affected by mental health issues can get financial assistance to see a registered psychologist. By making mental health care affordable, the government seeks to provide it to those in need.

To access the Medicare Rebate, you need your GP, psychiatrist or paediatrician to complete a detailed mental health assessment and prepare a Mental Health Treatment Plan before referring you to a psychologist.

You may be eligible to receive Medicare rebates immediately into your bank account when paying for your session by cash, credit card, EFTPOS or cheque at all Life Resolutions® locations.

To find out how we can help call today on 1300 668 256