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Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Awareness (PANDA) Week was established by PANDA in 2005 to increase the community’s understanding of perinatal mental illness and to reduce stigma. The theme for PANDA Week 2018 is ‘I Wish I Knew’ is the theme for, because many expecting and new parents are blind-sided by the realities of becoming parents. Looking back, many feel that if they had known more and been better able to prepare for some of the challenges that come with being parents, they might have been better able to cope. PANDA will be sharing real ‘I wish I knew’ stories and information to show that this illness is complex and every person’s experience is different. Just as importantly, that it is temporary and treatable. PANDA will also be launching a new online mental checklist for expecting and new parents to assess their emotional and mental health and speak to their health professionals about it. For more information about perinatal anxiety and depression, or to speak with Rosalind about challenges you may be experiencing as a parent, make contact here....

If you've been having a tough time, feeling low or down for a consistent period of time, you may be experiencing signs and symptoms of depression.

Q: I have a friend who seems very anxious after having her first baby. How can I help her?
Anxiety is very common in the modern world, but despite its prevalence, it's a very powerful and unpleasant experience.

Most people experience adversity at some stage of their lives. But for some people there are certain experiences that may be harder to recover from. Some never recover from a traumatic experience, and their lives never return to normal. These people can experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). These traumatic events may involve people being threatened or experiencing terrible harm, or horrible events that make people feel terrified and helpless. These events can be man-made, such as war, torture and other terrible traumas, or it may be after being exposed to the full force of a natural disaster where people are helpless and unable to fend for themselves. How do I know if I, or someone I’m worried about, has PTSD? Someone with PTSD will feel like their nerves are shot and they are forever marked by the unthinkable experience they endured. Their daily lives and relationships are affected. Specific symptoms of PTSD can include:  Re-experiencing the trauma, with no control over when or where.  These are strong flashbacks to the event, literally reliving it over and over, as if they were there all over again. These will often be accompanied by physical symptoms such as sweating, a racing heart, trembling, or nausea.  On top of...

What is Perinatal Depression? These days, we typically refer to the term Perinatal Depression rather than ‘Postnatal’, as many mothers find themselves struggling in the antenatal period, or the period before the baby is born. Difficulties coping can occur after the baby is born, or throughout the entire period. Symptoms of Perinatal Depression Some mothers feel very anxious and agitated, full of worry and concern about their baby’s health, weight, or perhaps the quality of their own mothering. Others become unable to sleep and quickly become more and more exhausted. Many just do not feel as though they are coping. Some mothers may become socially isolated. Partners or family members may work long hours and there seems to be a lot of time spent just with a baby. Relationships may suffer as the demands of mothering infants take precedence over many other relationships. People may be on a shorter fuse as fatigue and feeling overwhelmed makes them more reactive. There is a lot to adjust to. No matter how rewarding people find this stage of life, it can become really stressful. Perinatal depression is a common struggle and is different for all who experience it and for some, it can be very severe. Sometimes things...

Most people experience some stress in our modern world. Stress can be either good or bad for you, work for you or against you. ‘Good stress’ stimulates us to go out and get things done. It gets us up and at things earlier, and can keep thought process on track for those activities that require extra input. So stress can be ok in safe amounts. ‘Bad stress’ is often called distress, or overload. We might perceive that a task is just too much, or we haven’t got what it takes, and we go into overdrive. This can happen in the workplace via unrealistic or rigid performance requirements, or bullying, or in private life with competing needs for our time and attention. If negative coping strategies are used and the distress is not dealt with, stress builds upon itself and there can be long term negative psychological social and physical consequences. ‘Optimal stress’ is a healthy balance between ‘keeping busy’ “good” stress, and avoiding overload/distress. Rosalind helps clients to effectively manage their demands and increase their abilities to meet these demands. If you feel that you are being overwhelmed by stress and it is affecting your daily life, please contact Rosalind....