Postnatal depression is defined as depression that comes on within twelve months of having a baby. Although it is most common in women, men can also experience postnatal depression, especially if their partner is already feeling depressed.
Symptoms of postnatal depression include feeling guilty and inadequate, being frequently sad or tearful, and experiencing anxiety and panic attacks. If you’re dealing with postnatal depression, it is important to remember that it doesn’t make you a ‘bad parent’. Having a baby is a dramatically life-altering event, and many parents require some extra support to cope.
As a new parent, it’s particularly important to take care of your physical and mental-wellbeing. If you’re feeling continually overwhelmed or distressed, this may impact your relationship with your new child or partner, so remember to reach out and seek support if you need it.
Counselling for New Parents at Life Resolutions
If you’re experiencing postnatal depression or other mental health challenges, Mary Magalotti and the Life Resolutions team want you to know you’re not alone. Seeking support is important for your health and happiness – and it helps you be the best parent you can be. Telehealth appointments are available, or you can visit our Essendon counselling team. Contact us today to book in.