Postnatal Depression Therapy in Central Croydon and Shirley - South London
What Is Postnatal Depression?
Postnatal depression also known as PND, is a very common condition for women to experience following childbirth. It usually develops within the first six weeks after birth.
It is caused by a combination of psychological adjustments and hormonal changes that are related to motherhood. Women who suffer from postnatal depression tend to become emotionally withdrawn from their friends and family and experience overwhelming feelings of melancholy and worthlessness.
What Are the Symptoms of Postnatal Depression?
Constant feeling of sadness and worthlessness.
Loss of interest in activities.
Lack of energy and numbness of feelings.
Loss of appetite or comfort eating.
Feelings of guilt and hopelessness.
Struggling to sleep throughout the night.
How Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Can Help with Postnatal Depression
Many mothers suffering from postnatal depression need support to help them learn to accept themselves as they are and improve their enjoyment of parenthood. Therapy allows mothers to feel comfortable enough to share their thoughts and feelings without being judged.
We will look at the underlying factors that are causing you to feel sad, fatigued and depressed. I will then come up with practical strategies which will help you overcome your low mood by changing the way you think and feel. This will help you to start enjoying some of the rewarding aspects of being a new mother.
I have extensive experience working with individual mothers and groups of mothers. I designed and ran a group to help mothers suffering from postnatal depression in Bexley, South London.
The group helped mothers learn to deal better with postnatal depression. These mothers were able to improve their moods through developing a more balanced lifestyle, learning relaxation techniques, challenging their negative beliefs and finding realistic strategies to deal with the pressures of new motherhood.
I also have conducted research into postnatal depression which has been published and presented at industry conferences and workshops.