Understanding The Cycle Of Depression
In order to understand the cycle of depression, a good place to start is to find out what your client already knows about low mood and post-natal depression. Sometimes it can be difficult for a mother to know if she has PND, as her idea of depression may be similar to some of the normative experiences of motherhood (discussed before in the course).
What does PND mean for them, for how they are as a mum?
How does PND differ from regular depression?
Below are examples of how a woman may feel about motherhood; no specific symptoms but a mix of emotions, cognitions, a feeling of discontent.
- Inability to experience the ups, i.e. the moments of bonding and only being able to feel and experience the downs
- General feeling of unhappiness
- Inability to relax, being too busy
- Sense of going through the motions – no sense of accomplishment
- Doing all the right things, but they feel like they’re doing the worst things
- Sense that all the tasks are endless – a perpetual cycle of menial jobs
- Feelings of being desperately alone and solely responsible, with no-one to understand or help them
Perinatal mothers are often functioning at a high level in order to care for their baby and so may not appreciate that their health and wellbeing has been compromised.
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