Your space to recharge and focus following the new arrival. Experienced psychologists helping you through post-natal depression symptoms.
Parenthood is a lifechanging experience and postnatal depression is a serious illness that affects up to one in five expecting or new mums and one in ten expecting or new dads. No matter who much you plan or are ready to start a family, a newborn child will impact your life more than you could ever imagine.
As a new parent you might be faced with challenges including:
- An overwhelming realisation of serious responsibility
- A sudden drive for perfectionism to meet the demands on yourself or the baby, that clashes with reality
- Feelings of guilt about being angry or resentful
- Post-traumatic stress after a difficult birth
- Stress of financial security
- Difficulty finding time for rest
- A change in behaviour to connect with other adults
- Lack of sleep
- Change in circumstances causing a change in relationships
- Unable to achieve work/life balance
These challenges certainly don’t need to be faced alone. A therapist will be able to work through these challenges with you and your partner and help you reconnect to yourself, your relationships, your newborn child and help you to lead a fulfilling life.
What are the Symptoms of Postnatal Depression?
- Lack of confidence
- Feeling unable to cope
- Feeling disconnected, misunderstood or unsupported
- Not being able to laugh
- Losing enjoyment in life
- Blaming yourself unnecessarily for things that go wrong
- Panicking for no good reason
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Sleep deprived
- Emotional responses including feeling unhappy and crying
It is normal to feel a sense of fogginess and disconnection to the world around you when experiencing Postnatal depression symptoms. This can impact your ability to make decisions and see life clearly. It can also be difficult to realise that you may need help to overcome these symptoms.
What are the Risk Factors for Postnatal Depression?
Not getting enough sleep plays a big role for those who suffer from Postnatal depression. This can affect your relationships and how you function on a daily basis. Decision making becomes difficult which further perpetuates your lack of motivation and ability to cope.
It can sometimes feel like a vicious cycle. Sleep deprivation can be debilitating and must be managed well. If not, it can significantly impact your experience of parenting and how you ask for help. It’s also important to note that a child should sleep a certain number of hours when they are a newborn. When this doesn’t happen it’s important to speak to your doctor or local nurse to help find the cause for lack of sleep, as it can impact your child’s development and behaviour.
Why Choose A resolution Applecross Postnatal Depression Counselling?
Undoubtedly, therapy and being able to speak to someone about your feelings is the best form of treatment. A therapist can work with you to overcome these symptoms and help you return to a place where you can enjoy being a new parent.
We encourage regular appointment’s so you can have some time to focus on yourself, express how you have been feeling and put in the necessary steps to get you on the road to recovery.
Where are you located?
A resolution Applecross can service and treat clients throughout Perth looking for Postnatal Depression Counselling. We are conveniently located just off the Kwinana Fwy. Nearby suburbs include South Perth, Manning, Booragoon, Victoria Park, Mount Pleasant, Rossmoyne, Brentwood, Willeton and more.