Postnatal depression is a type of depression some women experience after having a baby.
It can develop within the first six weeks of giving birth, but is often not apparent until around six months. Postnatal depression is more common than many people realise affecting around one in 10 women after having a baby.
Postnatal depression can sometimes go unnoticed and many women are unaware they have it even though they don’t feel quite right.The symptoms of postnatal depression are wide-ranging and can include low mood, feeling unable to cope and difficulty sleeping.
Signs and Symptoms
Mood changes, irritability and episodes of tearfulness are common after giving birth. These symptoms are often known as the “baby blues” and they usually clear up within a few weeks. However, if your symptoms are more persistent, it could be postnatal depression. Some women don’t recognise they have postnatal depression or they choose to ignore their symptoms because they’re afraid of being seen as a bad mother.
At Contemporary Talking Therapies we understand how emotionally difficult it can be for many new mothers and we are trained to help you to understand, what can be, very confusing and conflicting feelings. We can offer you specialised support with therapists that are not only experienced in post natal counselling, but who are also trained in trauma and midwifery.
We specialise in the treatment of psychological difficulties in the aftermath of traumatic experiences and have experience and expertise in treating a range of psychological presentations including:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (or symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares, sleep difficulties, anxiety and low mood) following child-birth
- Post-natal depression and the “baby blues”
- Early trauma memories (flashbacks and nightmares) triggered by child-birth
- Anxieties about motherhood and body image
Please feel free to contact us directly by email or telephone to arrange an initial conversation to discuss your needs and how we might work together or via a GP or Midwifery referral.