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post natal depression

Lisa Lindley, The founder of Sunshine Coast Psychology Clinic & PND Centre talks to Mummy Tea about her knowledge and experience in postnatal anxiety and/or depression. This amazing woman helps women from the Sunshine Coast and all over Australia.

I have been working in the area of perinatal mental health since 2007, and have a passion for working with Mums who are struggling during this period.  We are told that having a baby is meant to be one of the most joyful times of our lives and that we would instantly fall in love with our baby, that breastfeeding would be a breeze, and that eventually, our baby would sleep through the night.  We are also led to believe that we would glow throughout our pregnancy and that birth might be a little painful but that to be a good mum, we should birth naturally without any intervention.  We also have the added pressure and expectation from social media which is full of photos of the most loving, beautiful and together mums who are enjoying every minute of motherhood.

As we know, this experience is very far from the truth, and that as mothers we pop on our ‘mask of motherhood’ and tend to pretend that we are coping and doing a wonderful job.  My job has been to try and raise awareness of the reality of parenthood and treat mums who suffer from PND as a result of these unrealistic expectations.  Obviously, there are other factors which contribute to postnatal anxiety and/or depression including a previous personal or family history of mental health, a traumatic birth, difficulties breastfeeding, lack of support, relationship difficulties, loss or grief and an unsettled baby. These are a few of the risk factors, however, these could be minimised if we had less pressure on us to be the perfect parent, and to know that whether we have a vaginal or Caesarian birth, breast or bottle feed, co-sleep or not, does not determine whether or not we are a good or great mum.

PND affect It affects 1 in 6 women and 1 in 10 men. If you are feeling overwhelmed, hopeless, angry, irritable, sad, worried, anxious, guilty, like a failure,  trouble sleeping and concentrating, and have felt like this for at least 2 weeks, you may be suffering from postnatal anxiety or depression (PND) and should go an speak to your GP. If you are feeling suicidal please seek help immediately, tell someone, and call your local hospital.

Needing help? Here are some useful links:

Sunshine Coast Psychology Clinic & PND Centre provide individual and group counselling at the Sunshine Coast PND Clinic. Please visit the website www.sunshinecoastpnd.com.au

PANDA – Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia supports women, men and families across Australia to recover from post and antenatal depression and anxiety, a serious illness that affects around 100,000 Australian families every year. Please visit the website www.panda.org.au

Beyond Blue – Provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live. Please visit the website https://www.beyondblue.org.au/

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