How PND Affects Mothers
- Genetic and biological causes
- Prenatal anxiety
- Illness during pregnancy
- Poor social support
- Marital/relationship difficulties
- Stress of caring for Baby
- Lack of sleep
- Prior miscarriage or stillbirth
- Traumatic birth
- Traumatic or stressful life events (during childhood, adolescence or as an adult).
Importantly, if you are showing any PND symptoms or have anxiety/panic attacks let others know how you are feeling ... for your own sake, for your partner and for your baby's wellbeing. Seek help from a doctor or other health professionals who can provide a correct diagnosis ... AND ... who can show an understanding of your needs/be a good listener/who you feel a 'connection' with. The sooner you are diagnosed the sooner you are likely to recover. Social support from trustworthy family and friends (discussed in Parenting: From the Beginning) may also be helpful to you during this time. Depending on their understanding of your needs they can listen to you, break the isolation, interact with the baby when you need a rest or perhaps babysit for a couple of hours here and there ... all of which can relieve you of the constancy of being a mum.
- The Black Dog Institute at: http://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au - if you click to the section 'Depression' and go to 'In Pregnancy and Postnatal' much information is provided. You can also listen to one mother's account of her suffering from the severity of PND.
- Beyondblue at: http://www.beyondblue.org and at their website about postnatal depression at: http://www.justspeakup.com.au
- PANDA (Post and Antenatal Depression Association Inc.) at: http://www.panda.org.au.