Mothers Suffering PND: It happened to me
Listen to the radio interview as I speak with Scottie Haas of Hobart’s ultra106five. I explain some of my perinatal depression (PND) experiences during PANDA Week.
In Australia, Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week takes place annually in November.
Pregnancy, and the early days immediately after a baby is born, can be a difficult time for new parents. So, it’s pretty normal to find both fathers and mothers suffering PND.
You can also listen to the podcast with Treasuring Mothers Social Worker Michelle Fletcher. Michelle explains PND from both a personal, and professional, viewpoint HERE >>>
Fact List: Perinatal Depression (PND)
- Click here for a LIST of physical signs of PND
- Data from the 2010 Australian National Infant Feeding Survey showed that 1 in 5 mothers of children aged 24-months or less are diagnosed with PND.
- PND covers the whole time from conception until a baby is a year old. This is because depression can start before or during pregnancy, and continue after childbirth.
- Postnatal depression is the name given to depression that develops between one month and up to one year after the birth of a baby. It affects about 1 in every 7 women who give birth in Australia each year. Yes, it’s quite common to have mothers suffering PND.
- Antenatal (or prenatal) depression is a form of depression affecting women during pregnancy. Often, it’s a warning sign for postnatal, or postpartum, depression if not properly treated. It’s estimated up to 1 in 10 pregnant women are affected. (Yes, I am one of those.)
- It’s not just mothers suffering PND either! Because research shows up to 1 in 10 Dads experience PND as well. Check HERE for more info about Dads.
I’ve spoken to thousands of people on the helpline and in my clinical work, and there’s a common theme for women and men. It’s ‘I didn’t know I would be experiencing this emotional stuff as I learned about being a carer of a baby’.Belinda Horton, former CEO, Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA)