You are not the first new mother to experience the symptoms of Prenatal and Postpartum Depression:
- 60-70% of women experience some level of depression in the months following childbirth.
- 10-15% Experience clinical levels of depression. Symptoms of depression can also begin in pregnancy.
Depression can involve feelings of hopelessness and negativity making it feel difficult to bond with your baby. You might experience intrusive thoughts. Depression can also affect your motivation and your energy to do things making it difficult for you to get out of the house; which contributes to deepening your depression.
Counselling for post-partum depression can help you to:
- deal with negative and intrusive thoughts
- eliminate feelings of hopelessness and difficulty concentrating
- feel less overwhelmed and give you skills to cope more effectively with the stresses of new motherhood
- find ways to increase your social supports and decrease isolation
You are not a ‘bad mother’ if you are experiencing Prenatal and Postpartum Depression. You are just an individual feeling overwhelmed with your new with your new lot in life.