Mental health issues can be quite common for parents; whether you’re a first-time mum or have more than one child, your hormones can go into overdrive both whilst pregnant and after the birth, so it’s not unusual for your mental health to be affected. Find advice and help from mums who have been through it, to help you get the support you need.
What are the indicators for mental illness and depression in parents?
Whilst nearly all new parents have heightened emotions and hormones, it’s important to keep an eye out for ‘warning signs’ that there might be another underlying cause. It can be easy to chalk up mood swings and irritability to exhaustion and the stress of parenting, but if you’re finding it hard to get through the day, noticing big changes in your appetite, or finding it hard to enjoy your time with your family, it might be time to seek help.
Where can I get advice on mental health for parents?
If you’re a first-time mum, you might find you feel more comfortable reaching out to your health visitor to voice your concerns about yours or your partner’s mental health, but your family GP is also a good source of help and advice if you’re worried you might have a serious underlying mental health problem. Both can help you find help and support near you, from therapy to support groups, and relaxation techniques.
How can I get a mental health assessment?
If you are really struggling you need to talk to your GP. One of the best ways to find out whether you do need a specific mental health treatment is to have an assessment; most of these take the form of a small written test that should take about ten minutes to fill out, and will help your medical professional decide what the underlying cause of your concern might be. From there, they can best decide how to get you the help you need.
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