What is Perinatal Anxiety and Depression?

In this article we discuss the current reality in our society of Perinatal anxiety and depression.

What are the symptoms and what does this look like on a day to day basis.

Unbeknown to some, Chinese medicine has been helping transform people’s mental hygiene for centuries.

In recent years, Perinatal anxiety and depression has become a major public health concern—according to beatbabyblues.com.au the huge impact on our community is growing.

Signs and Symptoms of Perinatal Anxiety and Depression

The signs and symptoms of perinatal anxiety and depression include:

  • Panic attacks
  • Persistent, generalised worry, often focused on fears for the health or wellbeing of the baby
  • The development of obsessive or compulsive behaviours
  • Abrupt mood swings
  • Feeling constantly sad, low, or crying for no reason
  • Feeling constantly tired and lacking energy
  • Losing interest in sex or intimacy
  • Being easily annoyed or irritated
  • Fear of being alone with baby
  • Intrusive thoughts of harm to self or baby
  • Having thoughts of death or suicide

These symptoms can vary and may include others—please refer to panda.org.au for more information.

Bringing a child into the world is a magical and wonderful thing to do: a time to relish with joy and excitement!

Postnatal depression rates

For as many as 1 in 6 people this whole process can be difficult and stressful.

The large shift in lifestyle may place a large demand on your mental health—starting with confusion and worry and resulting in anxiety and depression.

In our modern age, there is no denying that this time is extremely demanding for both parents. This strain leading to some less desirable emotional and mental states.

The problem is not just one of attitude but our approach to life. All our resources are now devoted to a new child—there is no user manual supplied.

Stressed family suffering perinatal anxiety and depression

During this time our old way of life can cause us to feel a sense of loss. We may not know how to move forward, resulting in a form of depression or anxiety.

These movements or lack thereof can be the foundation of our thinking and feeling. In Chinese Medicine, we consider this movement as energy within the body.

So, as well as family support, and a responsible education, to live our lives is important—we may also need some help. to get the correct energies flowing within us.

With this new focus, we can then take care of ourselves and our new child, anxiety free.

How Can Acupuncture Help Perinatal Anxiety and Depression?

Acupuncture is effective at encouraging the correct flow within the body—it helps to change old habits that may be holding us back.

It can be useful for both the new mother and father and is safe and effective before and after the time of birth.

With our help. your experience of life can improve dramatically. These early days form the backbone of our children’s development—maximise it’s potential.

As you are aware, life is a challenge. Together we can help you to rise to the occasion and approach it with the love and excitement that it deserves.

About the Author Dr Evan Pritchard

Dr Evan Pritchard is a registered practitioner of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine .....and has a passion for all things Chinese Medicine...Dr Pritchard has had much success in assisting with IVF and natural fertility from the initial stages of preparation through to conception, full term pregnancy, induction and birth support......He has a strong foundation in five element Qi Gong and meditation with more than 10 years experience in both practice and instruction.