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Maternal Depression

 Maternal Depression (Mother’s Day)

Mental Health according to World Health Organization (WHO) is the a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. In Canada, May 1-7 is Mental Health Week where Canadians reflect on the advances in mental health, spread awareness about mental illness and share stories of recovery. Also, since May is Mother’s day, this blog will explore some of the struggles mothers deal with when it comes to mental health issues. It is important in recognizing the needs and struggles mothers have.

According to WHO, worldwide about 10% of pregnant women and 13% of women who have just given birth experience a mental disorder, predominantly depression. Depression causes enormous suffering, disability, and reduced response to child’s need. Evidence indicates that treating the depression of mothers leads to improved growth and development of the newborn and reduces the likelihood of diarrhoea and malnutrition among them.

It is only right that May is also declared as National Maternal Depression Awareness Month. Marital depression is becoming more well-known, and it affects 10 to 20 percent of new mothers, according to the fact sheet. Some of the symptom of marital depression includes feeling inadequate or guilty, feeling sad constantly, feeling suicidal, not attaching or bonding to the baby, overly worrying about the baby or not being interested at all in the baby.

Maternal depression is the most common complication of childbirth, putting Canadian families at risk each and every year.  Maternal depression is a highly treatable condition, especially when identified early during the pregnancy or postpartum period.

Most research suggests psycho-therapeutic interventions such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), social support, interpersonal therapy, non-directive counselling, and psychoanalytic therapy to be the most effective way of treating maternal depression.


Is It Possible To Overcome Depression?

Commonly mistaken for occasional sadness, depression is a medical condition that has the power of causing deep psychological problems. It involves a sense of emptiness and of
worthlessness that affects considerably the person’s life and well-being, sometimes even leading to suicidal thoughts. This condition can affect anyone at any time, even if there is no apparent reason for it.


There is a lot of evidence showing chemical changes in the brain of depressed individuals, especially regarding to neurotransmitters, the substances that transmit nerve impulses between cells. Contrary to what is commonly believed, the psychological and social factors are often a consequence (and not a cause) of depression. Without proper psychological therapy, the cases tend to get worse.

Sometimes, people that struggle with depression feel so worthless that they won’t even seek help, and that is why their loved ones have a major part on paying attention to any symptoms and change of behaviour. They can be responsible for showing that, with the right treatment, there is hope.

Those who suffer from depression often show signs of constant sadness, anxiety and stress, trouble at work or at school, loneliness and sudden mood changes, just to mention a few. If left untreated, the consequences can be fatal. To avoid that, early assessment and treatment are the best ways of assuring that patients with depression have more chances of being cured. Most cases require proper medication, but in all circumstances, psychological therapy is fundamental.

Counselling is an effective depression treatment. With the right approach, the counsellor will help the patient to connect with the mind in order to overcome fears and anxieties. It is important to point out that the focus is not to change the past, but to find new solutions and answers for the present and future.

If you want to find ways to overcome depression, contact C.S. Counselling and Consulting Services for an appointment as soon as possible.


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