This is a question many mothers-to-be ask. A number of factors have
been shown to increase the risk of psychological difficulties during,
and after, pregnancy, including:
- past history of:
- psychological illness at any time, such as depression,
anxiety, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, personality disorders or
- psychological illness during or after pregnancy, such as antenatal or postnatal depression or anxiety and postnatal psychosis
- significant childhood trauma.
- family history of psychological illness
- recent major life event, such as major illness; or a
significant loss such as pregnancy loss or loss of a parent, partner,
child or other close relative or friend.
- stressful or adverse life events such as changes to, or loss of,
work; renovating; moving house; relocating interstate or overseas
- lack of practical, financial, social and / or emotional supports
- relationship difficulties
- perfectionistic personality style
- assisted reproduction and IVF
- intimate partner violence.
Women who are at particularly high risk include those with a past,
pregnancy or family history of moderate-severe depression or anxiety,
bipolar disorder, eating disorders and psychotic illnesses.
If you feel you may be at risk, contact us and book an appointment for a GLOW assessment and management plan.
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