Postnatal depression is a type of depression than can affect 1 in 10 women within a year of giving birth. It can also affect fathers and partners too.
Do you think you may be suffering from postnatal depression?
Signs and symptoms can include:
- Trouble bonding with your baby
- A sense of isolation
- Lack of energy and tiredness
- Feeling of a poor mood and the inability to turn it around
It is not uncommon for women to suffer in silence. You need not be one of those people. With support (including therapy) most women do make a full recovery.
Postnatal depression can be a dreadful illness which should not, and need not be ignored. Feelings of isolation can be common as I already stated, and a sense of no light at the end of the tunnel.
I had postnatal depression myself.
I have more than ten years’ experience with the Basingstoke National Childbirth Trust (NCT) supporting women suffering from postnatal depression. Having experienced severe postnatal depression myself, I can understand how it feels not to be able to manage even the simplest of tasks. It is important to remember that it is not your fault.
Many people I have worked with have expressed feelings of guilt for having postnatal depression. I can promise you that, given the right support, it is possible to make a full recovery.
Harmony can help with postnatal depression.
As an experienced counsellor, I provide expertise and environment where you can explore your feelings in a confidential and comfortable way. In Harmony’s private counselling room, many clients comment upon their sense of relief gained from release of pent-up emotions.
It maybe necessary to visit your GP and consider taking medication in order to aid your recovery. This may be an action we can jointly decide upon should you decide to pursue counselling. Talking about your feelings coupled with taking medication, is often an effective method for managing postnatal depression.
Feel free to contact me, in confidence and take the first step towards effective treatment.
For more details about postnatal depression visit these NHS web pages.
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