Postnatal Depression affects 1 in 6 mothers, and is a serious health condition. Along with depression, many mothers experience anxiety and often trauma. And Christian women certainly aren’t immune!
Postnatal Depression often occurs when women have:
- been depressed during their pregnancy
- had a traumatic birth experience,
- low social support
- financial difficulties
- more than one young child, and
- when there are physical health problems.
Women may experience negative emotions, cry more often, or feel flat and unmotivated.
After several weeks or months of distress it is not surprising that they may feel that life is not worth living. Depression is a serious health condition that can last for weeks, months or years.
When there are complicating factors such as trauma during the labour or birth, domestic violence in the partner relationship, or over-burden caused by having multiple young children, then women are often overwhelmed and unable to see a way through the problems.
Counselling for Postnatal Depression
Women will frequently seek counselling as a way to find extra support to arise to the challenges of motherhood. There are many strategies that may prove helpful and counselling can be effective if the strategies help women to arise to the challenge and burden of the growing family, resolve unsupportive relationships, make decisions on managing a career, and discuss traumatic events that may have occurred along the way.
Infant mental health is equally important as the mother’s emotional and there are many way to provide counselling to both mother and infant. Infants are eligible for a mental health plan under Medicare if there are emotional health concerns.
Please call 1800 877 924 if you would like to see a Christian Psychologist with expertise in treating and supporting women with Postnatal Depression.