Did you know – Post Natal Depression affects about 1 in 6 mothers in Australia; and depression rates during pregnancy are similar to post natal depression rates!
Often women dismiss feeling upset or blue due to all the hormonal changes associated with pregnancy and birth, and it can be hard to work out what is a normal part of pregnancy, birth or early parenting stress.
The changes in a woman’s body are significant, and for many women this will be the first time that they encounter the healthcare system and health professionals. Often women are stressed about who is best to deliver the baby, choosing the right hospital or birth suite and who to have as a support during the labour and birth.
Birth is a somewhat unpredictable event and many women experience distress, for example when tests indicate there could be a problem with the health of mother and/or baby. As most women are unfamiliar with using healthcare services, there can be much angst over the process, treatment and quantity of new information. Family and friends can provide lots of information and sometimes this can all become overwhelming. The more health professionals involved the more complicated it can become to work out “what is best”!
Women are more vulnerable to depression with the percentage of women with depression doubling from about 4% to 8% during early adolescence and from 8% to 16% after pregnancy. While it is thought that hormones play a part, it is not conclusive that hormonal changes cause depression. It is more likely that the social identity of being a woman or mother causes women to feel more vulnerable.
Effective Treatment for Post Natal Depression
Counselling can help in many ways and most women will not seek help during pregnancy, butwait until after they experience burnout when their child is a few months old. There are many effective counselling strategies that can help women with prenatal and post natal depression. Talking with a psychologist about making important perinatal decisions, relationship issues, career development, learning about birth and discussing your fears can help.
Most women will want the option to trial counselling before considering medication options, as there is considerable uncertainty about the effects of some medications on pregnant women and with breast feeding. Psychologists can work with your GP and/or psychiatrist and provide you non-medication options as a stand alone treatment or in addition to current medications, if you are suffering from post natal depression.
Our psychologists and counsellors have a high level of expertise in treating perinatal mental health disorders including anxiety, bipolar, couples and intimacy related problems, and of course post natal depression. We provide face-to-face visits in Brisbane or phone/Skype counselling to those located elsewhere in Australia.
Our therapists provide Postnatal Depression Counselling at two locations on Brisbane’s southside:
If you book online, you will receive an email confirming the appointment. You can cancel up to 24 hours beforehand if you change your mind.
To book an appointment with one of our psychologists or counsellors for postnatal depression and other perinatal mental health issues, please call 1800 877 924 or find out how to book online!