Friday, July 15, 2011
Postpartum Depression and the Depression Cycle
I see it very commonly in my own clinical practice.
Mum is depressed. Parenting becomes more stressful. Child's mood and behaviour can then be affected. This then affects the mood of the mum and the family. Relationships are then affected, and the cycle goes on and on.
Managing postnatal depression requires both prevention and active treatment, equipping mothers with great parenting support and "training", relationship support and education, having the skills to build optimistic,resilient children, and last but not least, a decent night sleep (ie as best as you can).
Big job I know, but a rewarding one.