health, mental health, mental illness, New baby, Parenting, perinatal

“When your mind races”

Dealing with scary thoughts in the peripartum can be really challenging.  Much thanks to Karen Kleiman for this extract from her book Dropping the Baby and Other Scary Thoughts, with ideas on how to manage those scary intrusive thoughts. Dealing with scary thoughts is not just a matter of willpower, as some claim. Although willpower… Continue reading “When your mind races”

mental health, mental illness, perinatal

Gratitude

We psychologists do love to recommend a bit of gratitude journalling as part of our interventions.  The reasons for this is simple: the research clearly shows it helps.  Read more on how being grateful, and attending to our gratitude helps sooth our distressed minds https://www.mindful.org/gratitude-changes-brain/?utm_content=bufferf5af1&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

mental health, mental illness, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy

Perinatal depression and anxiety – family and friends can help

Perinatal depression and anxiety is horribly common for new parents, but the condition is still really poorly understood by many in our community and often remains undiagnosed and untreated. Louise* is a mother of three children. When her second child was born, things just didn't feel right from the moment she left hospital. "My daughter… Continue reading Perinatal depression and anxiety – family and friends can help

health, mental health, mental illness

Even more on food and mood

I know it probably looks like I am jumping on the "healthy gut bandwagon" but I just think that the evidence around healthy food and healthy mood is so strong it is worth another post.  Michael Mosley is doing a great job breaking down the information on gut health and this link even provides recipes… Continue reading Even more on food and mood

mental health, mental illness, Parenting, perinatal

You’ve had a baby. How are you really doing?

Every day I talk to new mums and dads bravely (or perhaps desperately) putting on a brave face and trying to appear like all is "fine" to the outside world, no matter how badly they might be feeling inside.  It appears to be such a taboo to be anything but happy and filled with love… Continue reading You’ve had a baby. How are you really doing?

fertility, fertility preservation, IVF risks, mental health, mental illness, perinatal, pregnancy

Does it really help to “relax” when you are trying to get pregnant?

If only I had a dollar for every time I've been asked that question!  I think the evidence on this is really contentious, and there are so many variables that make it a really hard question to answer definitively, but one thing is certain - telling someone who is stressed and upset that they should… Continue reading Does it really help to “relax” when you are trying to get pregnant?

mental health, mental illness, perinatal, pregnancy

PANDA’s new website launched

If you haven't already heard about PANDA, they are one of those amazing organisations that just tick away in the background providing incredible services to women and couples in the context of perinatal anxiety and depression.  They have just launched their brand new website, filled with great resources for women, partners, and families, as well… Continue reading PANDA’s new website launched

mental health, mental illness

Mindfulness and self esteem

Have you been feeling like your self esteem is not quite as robust as you would like? Recent research has been suggesting that mindfulness can play a part in building a more positive self esteem by reducing the degree to which we compare ourselves (critically) to those around us. Read more about this research here. https://www.mindful.org/feeling-self-critical-try-mindfulness/?utm_content=buffer02ef7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

mental health, mental illness, Parenting

Who is most stressed? Married or single women?

Yep, you guessed it, married women with children are much more likely to be experiencing higher levels of stress than their single childless friends, but there are some simple things you can do about it.  This short article by the American Psychological Society gives the following tips: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/supermom.aspx Strategies to help mothers manage stress: Understand how… Continue reading Who is most stressed? Married or single women?

mental illness

More on mental illness and stigma

I just watched the most beautiful piece of television - an interview between Anh Do and Kurt Fearnley, where these 2 engaging, positive men talked about Kurt's incredible life and his sporting achievements.  They also discussed some of the stigma he has experienced as a man living with a mobility disability.  http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/anhs-brush-with-fame This stunning interview got… Continue reading More on mental illness and stigma