Med­i­cal Help

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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.

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