by Mothers Helpers Founder Kristina Paterson It took me 18 months to go and get some help for the way that I was feeling. 9 of those months I was anxious throughout my pregnancy but the midwife didn't pick up on it. In the first week after my baby was born, I had a new midwife, and she said to me that if I was still crying by day 7 (hours of crying every day), then I'd have to go and see the doctor as I may have postnatal depression. So I forced myself to stop crying. I … [Read more...] about From One Mum to Another
It would be fair to say that for some mothers who have developed perinatal depression/anxiety, the "temperament" that researchers speak of that make some mothers more prone to developing it than others is not only that we're naturally a sensitive soul, but we can also place high unrealistic expectations on ourselves - setting ourselves up to fail and becoming disappointed with ourselves time and time again. Whether you are recovering from your first episode of perinatal depression or … [Read more...] about High Expectations and Depression
I have been reading a bit on attachment theory lately - it's a fascinating topic and something I'm keen to study more in depth. It is certainly an issue for mothers with postnatal depression to be aware of - how their anxiety may be affecting their young baby or toddler. The good news is that it's not too late to work on your parenting so that you can provide a secure attachment for your child. Here is an article on Anxious Attachment - what they describe as Ambivalent/Anxious Attachment … [Read more...] about Attachment Between Baby and You
Dear Mums, It is the last day of Postnatal Depression Awareness week for 2014. Usually, I am out there planning an event, fundraising for the cause, creating awareness. This year, I am taking care of my own health after a series of stressful events that has prompted me with the little reminder "Kristina, take care of yourself!" You see, like you, I suffer with depression. Sadly, Postnatal Depression was my second major depressive episode and for many reasons, I never fully … [Read more...] about A Letter To All Mums with Postnatal Depression
Mothers Helpers is in the business of preventing the serious consequences of postnatal depression. Take a look at our other pages to see what those might be. One thing I'd love to be able to prevent is what I call chronic depression. For many people, depression does not have to be something they live with - if treated early and treated well, they can make a full-recovery. And they can prevent a relapse from occurring. But there are those who live with depression and for those of us who do, … [Read more...] about Living With Depression
Our Current Situation There is not currently a lot of awareness about post-natal depression. The risk-factors, the symptoms and where to get help is not widely known. Many women go without diagnosis, and even when they are diagnosed, they don't know where to go for help. At best, they might go to their GP and start on anti-depressants - but anti-depressants alone are not the cure for PND, and they are not for everyone. Presently, Maternal Mental Health will only get involved with a mother … [Read more...] about Why Should We Care about Postnatal Depression?