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Overview of Perinatal Depression & Anxiety

FlatFoot Pancake

on 24 October 2012

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Transcript of ACT on PNDA

ACT on Perinatal Depression & Anxiety Welcome Facilitators: Tiffany, Neill & Amanda
Please help yourself to tea & coffee
Pick yourself up a nametag
Toilets are just outside the glass doors
We will have a break midway Symptoms Sad, pessimistic, tearful
Angry, irritable
Difficulty completing tasks
Poor self-esteem, feeling of inadequacy
Shame, guilt
Inability to speak or think clearly
Memory and concentration problems
Difficulty relating to others, fear of social contact
Constant fatigue, no energy
Sleep problems
Appetite changes
Loss of sexual interest
Thoughts or worry about harming yourself or the baby PND can be experienced by any women regardless of age, SES/background, culture, awareness of PND etc
Many factors can contribute to the development of PND and increasing vulnerability
Includes psychological, social and biochemical factors and can vary for individuals Risk Factors Personal and/or family history
Difficulties or conflict in relationship with partner
Significant life stressors both before and after birth
Limited social and emotional support
Infant concerns
Emergency caesarean delivery
Mother’s perceptions

Note: PND may still occur without any of these risk factors Losses of giving birth Partner’s full attention
Sexual intimacy
Time for self
Image of the “ideal” parenting experience
Image of the “ideal” child Perinatal Depression & Anxiety
Treatment Options Individual therapy / Counselling
Treatment groups
Support groups
Self resolution?
Hospital admission?
Alternative therapies – e.g. diet? What helps? Listen
Offer practical help
Try to be patient
Give her “permission” to be less interested in sex
Provide emotional support
Monitor for signs of an emergency
Remember: your support can make a big difference. This is not your fault and it is not hers. Week 1 Week 5 Week 10 1 month post-group Low Mood High Mood What will recovery look like?
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