- Low mood, tends to be worse first thing in the morning, but not always.
- Lack of enjoyment.
- Lack of interest in yourself and your baby.
- No desire to do anything or motivation.
- Often feeling tearful.
- Feeling irritable a lot of the time.
- Feelings of guilt, rejection, or not being good enough.
- Poor concentration (like forgetting or losing things) or being unable to make a decision about things.
- Feeling unable to cope with anything.
- Intrusive thoughts about harming yourself or your baby.
- Not feeling bonded to your baby.
Mothers suffering from PND often feel very lonely and embarrassed to talk to family and friends about how they are feeling or the thoughts they have. It is important to talk, treatment is available to help with the suffering of such symptoms.
I have clinical experience, as well, have done extensive research and have written on this subject. I’ve presented papers at the IAHIP conference and at the
annual APPI conference.
Publication of such work in the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy Journal (IAHIP)