Do you find it hard to cope with “baby blues”? Do you feel irritable, tired, and lost interest to associate with others? Perhaps you are showing symptoms of postnatal depression?
Get help now and seek therapy as soon as possible!
If you need help for postnatal depression treatment in Perth, check out Energetics Institute!
The term “postnatal depression” is used to describe the type of depression women are experiencing during one month to one year after giving birth. In Australia, it is seen that 1 in 7 women are affected by postnatal depression (PND). However, it is reasonable to feel the “baby blues” 2 to 3 days after delivery; which can develop to depression later on if it is prolonged.
PND can be diagnosed with the help of a healthcare professional who can also administer treatment and medication, and teach you how to fight those triggering factors that is causing the depression. Talk to the doctor if you had the symptoms for 2 to 3 weeks already.
These are the postnatal depression symptoms that you should watch out for:
- Low mood
- The feeling of failure as a mother.
- You are feeling hopeless about the future.
- Exhausted, sad, teary, empty
- Feeling anxious and panicky all the time.
- Sleeping problems
- Feeling scared of being alone or leaving the house.
- Excessive worrying about the baby.
The symptoms can be worse, especially if the PND is associated with other mental illness. Getting a proper diagnosis and subjecting yourself to treatment is a wise thing to do so you can quickly recover and take care of the family. Note that ignoring the symptoms and declining treatment will lead to a more severe condition such as postnatal psychosis which is more extreme than PND. At this point, immediate medical attention is needed!
Mothers are not the only ones who are prone to PND. Fathers can have PND too, along with their partner’s or by themselves. It affects at least 5% of Australian fathers during the year the child has been conceived.
With appropriate therapy and support, PND sufferers will recover and continue to live a healthy and normal life. There are different types of therapies combined with medications that can help in the recovery. PND treatment will take time, effort, patience, and support to ensure full recovery and healthy being.
Here are a few effective therapies and treatments for postnatal depression:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT will help you cast away negative thoughts that trigger the PND and change unhelpful behaviours to positive ones which can help in the recovery.
With counseling, you will be able to understand your condition, discover ways on how you can overcome it, and teach yourself to face the environmental factors that are causing the problem.
- Interpersonal Therapy (IT)
IT is another therapy based treatment that involves talking about the experience and situation that is making the sufferers feel worthless and inferior to themselves. It is the purpose of IT to improve sufferer’s social relationships and reduce their distress.
Moreover, the abovementioned treatment may not work well with severe PND. Additional treatment method is needed for the therapy to work. It is also best to consult a healthcare professional if treatment and medications aren’t working as expected.
If it is thought that your condition is making you harm yourself and others, you may be admitted to a mental health clinic or hospital. Your baby can be looked after by your partner or family, or you can stay in a specialized mother and baby unit.
For more details about postnatal depression treatment in Perth, contact Energetics Institute now!