Postnatal depression affects 1 in 6 mothers and is a serious health condition. Along with depression many mothers experience anxiety and often trauma. Postnatal Depression often occurs when women have been depressed during their pregnancy, after a traumatic birth experience, low social support, financial difficulties, more than one young child, and when there are physical health problems.
Women may experience negative emotions, cry more often, feel flat or unmotivated and after some weeks or months of distress they may feel that life is not worth living. Depression is a serious health condition that can last for weeks, months or years. When there are complicating factors such as trauma during the labour or birth, domestic violence in the partner relationship, or over-burden caused by having multiple young children, then women are often overwhelmed and unable to see a way through the problems.
Women will frequently seek counselling as a way to find extra support to arise to the challenges of motherhood. There are many strategies that may prove helpful and counselling can be effective if the strategies help women to arise to the challenge and burden of the growing family, resolve unsupportive relationships, make decisions on managing a career and discuss traumatic events that may have occurred along the way. Infant mental health is equally important as the mother’s emotional and there are many way to provide counselling to both mother and infant. Infants are eligible for a mental health plan under Medicare if there are emotional health concerns.
Vivian Jarrett is an expert in the treatment of postnatal depression, birth trauma, sexual issues and pregnancy counselling. Vivian has completed extra training required by Medicare to provide pregnancy support counselling. In addition to this training Vivian has worked on several large medical grants that have assisted with the development training midwives in counselling for postnatal depression trauma. Vivian provides this high level of expertise and evidence based practice face to face in Brisbane or over the phone if you live outside of Brisbane. Vivian can work with psychiatry services to provide skype based assessment and counselling services over the phone/skype if your GP is seeking a higher level of management for severe postnatal depression.
To make an appointment with Vivian try Online Booking – Loganholme or Online Booking – Mt Gravatt or call M1 Psychology (Loganholme) on (07) 3067 9129 or Vision Psychology (Mt Gravatt) on (07) 3088 5422. If you would like a phone appointment just book a regular time slot and make mention of this, and Vivian will call you when your appointment time arrives.