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Integrating therapy, other services, or information into routine visits can make getting help easier and chip away at the stigma regarding postpartum depression.
Unlike the “baby blues,” which are commonly associated with mild feelings of worry and fatigue after having a baby, postpartum depression is a mood disorder characterized by a broad range of symptoms including anxiety, extreme sadness, and exhaustion.
We are starting the New Year with a poignant reminder by the Medicated Mommy blogger.
“I consider myself lucky. Maybe not lucky to have gone through the debilitating experience of postpartum depression (although looking back I am grateful–more on that in my next post), but fortunate enough to have recognized something was very wrong within 48 hours of being home from the hospital with my son. Upon this realization… The help I needed came in many different forms during my struggle that first year.”
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The confusions and perceptions surrounding perinatal anxiety and depression are preventing new and expecting mums from seeking help.
“I’m looking down at my baby on my chest and I’m feeling nothing, whilst my husband was besotted with her. He was so overwhelmed with joy and I didn’t have that. I wasn’t feeling how I should.” Sara Gerritsma
Bearing the shame of this illness can prevent new parents like Gerritsma from seeking help early and can leave them suffering in silence for longer.
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We are looking for a new research officer to join our team.
‘The Perinatal Mental Health Project (PMHP) requires the services of a Research Officer/Senior Research Officer (SRO). This is a full time post for a one-year contract with appointment starting as soon as possible.
The appointee will be based at the PMHP offices on UCT’s Sawkins Road campus in Cape Town, but may need to travel locally and nationally.’
Congratulation to our director, Dr Simone Honikman, who has been elected to the board of The Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health.
She is the first board member from the African continent and will take office at the International Marcé Society Biennial Scientific Conference 2016 in Melbourne, where she will give an oral presentation and conduct a workshop.
This and more exciting news about the PMHP activities in our latest newsletter.
Until the late 1990s depression was not widely recognised in Japan, that changed when an advertising campaign called it a “cold of the soul”!
“Depression” was a word rarely heard outside psychiatric circles. Some claimed this was because people in Japan simply did not suffer depression.
They found ways to accommodate these feelings while somehow carrying on with life. And they gave low moods aesthetic expression – in art, in film, in the enjoyment of cherry blossom and their fleeting beauty.
Find out how the arts finally brought ‘depression’ out of the shadows and gave it a new name everybody could relate to in this BBC magazine special.