When she was eight months pregnant, Elizabeth’s husband decided to take matters into his own hands after reading an article about depression during pregnancy.
“He phoned our midwife and made an appointment,” explains Elizabeth. “We told her everything that had happened. She was really concerned about my level of anxiety.”
The midwife referred Elizabeth to a counsellor who finally diagnosed her with perinatal Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), a temporary – but much misunderstood – maternal mood disorder that affects new mothers in the period before and after giving birth.
She was put on a CognitiveBehavioural Therapy (CBT) programme which focuses on helping patients find practical strategies to change the way they think, feel and behave. By the time she gave birth to a healthy son a few weeks later, she seemed to be back to normal.