PND/PTSD & Support
PND & PTSD will look different to every family affected. For some it will be apparent right from the start, after the birth of their child, or maybe even before, that things are not quite right with them. For others they will hold it together through NICU/SCN and fall apart some time later, maybe immediately, maybe weeks, months or years down the track. There is no one size fits all. What is important is to recognise when you need help and to ask for it.
If you are feeling any of these -
- Unable to cope
- Feelings of sadness or inadequacy
- Crying uncontrollably or for no good reason
- Having panic attacks
- Trouble bonding with your baby
- Difficulty sleeping
- Loss of appetite
- Problems with memory or concentration
- Irritability or anger
- Unable to find pleasure in things
- Low energy, not wanting to leave the house or have visitors
- Thoughts of hurting yourself, your baby or others
You may benefit from counselling.
If your baby was born at KEMH you can access the Psychological Medicine Consultation and Liaison Service - 9340 1521 at no charge for a period of 1 year after your baby was born. If your baby was born at a different hospital you may find assistance through the Raphael Centre, your Child Health Nurse, or speak to your GP who may be able to recommend a psychologist in your local area who specialises in PND/PTSD.
PND & PTSD affect many people in our community, speak up and seek help.