Postnatal Depression

Did I really sign up for this?

Having a baby, whether it’s your first, second or seventh can be a time of great joy, happiness and excitement – however this is certainly not always the case. For many women (and men) the arrival of a new baby can be an overwhelming, exhausting and highly pressured experience. It’s not always like it is in the ads. The smiling gurgling baby, the Mum in her pristine dress and tidy home. We are told constantly that being a mother is the “most natural thing in the world”. Well – for many parents this is simply not the case.

Parenting can be an incredibly stressful experience for many – with pressure that is both unexpected and unplanned for.

Firstly, there are the physical aspects of giving birth. For some women, the birth may not go exactly as planned and you may feel an element of disappointment or even sadness. Then all the hormonal changes as you move from pregnancy to motherhood can create mood swings from happiness to depression – often when you least expect it. Breast feeding difficulties, sleep deprivation, lack of support and disturbed routine can also contribute hugely to being able to cope.

Emotionally – there is also a lot to deal with. You may feel isolated or even “invisible” as you transition to motherhood. You may experience self-esteem problems due to your own personal changes (lifestyle, physical, intimate) and the feeling of not coping and being something less than perfect fills you with shame, guilt and frustration.

It is such a tough time – but we understand it!

I love my baby – but why am I feeling like this?

Because women are often expected to just “get on with it” or ”just cope” with some of life’s curved balls they sometimes feel ashamed or unable to get support when they are not coping. It can be very difficult to acknowledge when you are feeling sad, anxious or alone but counselling can really help to enable you to:

  • Understand how physical exhaustion and hormonal changes impact on mental and emotional health
  • Find alternative strategies when you are not coping
  • Engage support from appropriate support network
  • Build resilience skills
  • Find better ways to manage and control stress
  • Regain self-esteem and improve problem-solving skills

Why choose Life Resolutions Preston?

Our psychologists at our Preston clinic are very aware and insightful all the physical, mental and emotional components that contribute to PND. They take a holistic approach to treating inter- connected issues such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem, exhaustion in a confidential, non- judgemental and empathetic environment.

Life Resolutions Preston is also conveniently located to Thornbury, Reservoir, Northland Shoping Centre, Coburg, Fawkner, Northcote, Heidelberg, Rosanna, Bellfield, Kinsbury, Bundoora

Time to take control.

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

Where is Our Postnatal Depression Service Located?

We are conveniently located Suite 401/398 Sydney Road, Coburg 3058 (entry via Page Street Plaza).

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