Mental health during and after pregnancy
''I felt guilty because I was so depressed while it should be such a beautiful experience..''
Coping with the changes and uncertainties that come with pregnancy and having a baby may be difficult and can bring mixed or negative feelings with it. Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health problems both during and after pregnancy. Some women have mental health problems for the first time during or after pregnancy whilst others may already have mental health problems or have had them in the past.
Symptoms of mental illness during and after pregnancy are similar to symptoms at any other time. They might focus on the pregnancy or the baby, or the accompanying physical changes may be difficult to accept. Treatment will be tailored to the specific physical needs of the pregnant woman and her unborn child.
The baby blues is a normal part of new motherhood. Symptoms include moodiness, sadness, difficulty sleeping, irritability, appetite changes and concentration problems. These symptoms arise within a few days after the birth and can last from several days up to a couple of weeks. If the symptoms become more severe and/or last longer than a couple of weeks, then professional advice should be sought for a possible postpartum depression.
Signs and symptoms of Postpartum Depression include:
- Lack of interest in your baby
- Negative feelings towards your baby
- Worrying about hurting your baby
- Lack of concern for yourself
- Loss of pleasure
- Lack of energy and motivation
- Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
- Changes in appetite or weight
- Sleeping more or less than usual
- Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide
Postpartum psychosis is a rare, but extremely serious disorder that can develop after childbirth. It is characterized by loss of contact with reality. Postpartum psychosis should be considered a medical emergency. Because of the high risk for suicide or infanticide, hospitalization is usually required to keep the mother and the baby safe.
Doctors and therapists at PsyQ International have expertise on mental health and pregnancy issues and can provide professional help.
We provide high quality evidence-based treatments according to the multidisciplinary guidelines and best practices. At PsyQ International we tailor your treatment plan to your own specific needs as an individual. Our treatments are as brief as possible but as intensive as necessary. Our expert team work together to provide a personalised combination of medical treatment and specialised therapies for each individual client.
At PsyQ International you can be involved in both individual and group therapy. Individual treatment consists of face-to-face therapy sessions with a specialist, additional telephone or e-contact and possible group therapy. Throughout individual therapy we make use of different methods like cognitive behavioural therapy, schema therapy or interpersonal psychotherapy.
In group therapy the learning or teaching of practical skills and contact with other individuals who have similar experiences or problems are beneficial to each individual’s progress. During group therapy you can exchange experiences, receive recognition and discover tips. Research has shown how effective group therapy is.