Postnatal and Postpartum Depression & Anxiety in Perth

The birth of a child alters the dynamics of a family.  Pregnancy and childbirth are traditionally linked to happiness, however, it may also be a time of distress.

It is normal for parents to experience some anxiety due to the significant changes that are occurring.  Baby Blues, for example, occur 3-5 days postpartum and involve a period of tearfulness, low spirits, anxiety and overwhelm.  However, pregnancy can also exacerbate existing mental health issues.  Women are more likely to be affected by depressive and anxiety disorders during pregnancy and childbirth than at any other period in their lives.  Although it is less talked about, post-natal depression can also occur in fathers.

Post-natal depression is a type of depression that occurs either during the pregnancy or within twelve months of having a baby.  Symptoms can include:

 

  • Feelings of sadness, inadequacy and hopelessness
  • Crying uncontrollably or feeling teary
  • Disturbances in sleep and appetite
  • Problems with memory and concentration
  • Irritability and anger
  • Unable to find pleasure in things
  • Thoughts of self-harm or harm to your baby
  • Feeling disconnected to your baby

 

Post-natal anxiety is a type of anxiety that also occurs either during or within twelve months of having a baby.  Symptoms can include:

 

  • Anxiety or fear that stops you going out with your baby
  • A fear of having to check on your baby constantly
  • Overly-focused on tasks to do with the baby
  • Excessive expectations of being the perfect mother
  • Persistent worry and racing thoughts that affect your daily functioning
  • Feelings of panic and panic attacks
  • Feelings restless or ‘on edge’
  • Inability to get back to sleep between feeds

Vivid Psychology specialises in ante-natal and post-natal health, supporting parents and children who may be concerned about any of the above symptoms.  Please feel free to contact us for an appointment, or alternatively seek a referral through your GP.