Postnatal Depression is a
condition that affects up to 50%
of new mothers at some point after
their baby is born. It can be
diagnosed by the follow symptoms:-
Excessive crying for no
apparent reason, or over
Difficulties in getting or
Feeling constantly fatigued,
or without energy.
A lack of motivation to do
Anxiety/and or panic.
Having difficulty in coping
with day to day problems.
A sense of guilt/blame.
Severe doubts over the ability
to be a mother.
A loss of libido.
from all significant people in
Inability to concentrate.
Fears, thoughts, images of
Fear of harming your baby.
Being overprotective of the
When a woman is pregnant she
produces seven times as much
oestrogen and progestorone. When
the baby is born it is often the
biochemical imbalance in the
brain, coupled with the adjustment
to the demands of a new baby that
can spiral into the symptoms of
CBT and Post Natal
CBT is the preferred counselling
treatment recommended by GP's for
women suffering from Post Natal
CBT helps clients challenge their
thinking distortions that are
associated with this specific type
of depression and challenge these
thoughts by 'reality testing' them
to see the errors in their
thinking. An alternative thought
is then substituted which is a more
balanced way of looking at
themselves, others, or their
Clients come for an initial
assessment, and diagnostic tests
are given for anxiety, depression,
personality type and self esteem
to help make an accurate
diagnosis. Then a problem list is
drawn up of the areas of the
clients life that they want to
change as a result of the CBT