I'm suggesting another thing that may not work for everyone, but it's something that personally worked somewhat for me, so I'm going to talk about it. This one, as you can probably guess from the title, is about attachment parenting. What is Attachment Parenting? So, attachment parenting is basically a form of parenting where you [...]
When it comes to depression, it's incredibly important to have a place to be able to talk openly and honestly about how you are feeling. You have to be able to find support from others who have been where you are or empathise with your situation. The only problem is, that it's often a very hard thing to open up in front of others, face to face. Or maybe, perhaps, there isn't anywhere a person feels like they can go to where they can open up, and talking to their family isn't something they feel comfortable with either. That's where the internet comes in.
I said on the Postnatal Depression Toolkit page that not everything being covered is going to be applicable to everyone. This is one of those suggestions that is aimed more at the fathers who are suffering from PND than the mothers. So if you are a mother in all this, then feel free to pick another option. Or you may be concerned about your partner, in which case, there may be something here for you to read.
If you're reading this then there's a chance that you might be looking for ways to help with postnatal depression. This is a toolkit, or survival guide, advice page, whatever name you want to give it. But it's aim is to help beat postnatal depression! Some of what I'll cover here will also help with [...]
We were never supposed to do this alone. Raising a child was something that the whole tribe likely would have taken a role in. And as for the mother, she would've been surrounded by others who had either been there before, or ones who were in the same boat as she was. My point being, if you're struggling because you're doing this on your own, then it's because you were never supposed to.
It’s something that not many people give that much thought to, but postnatal depression affects somewhere between 13-19% of mothers, and around 10% of fathers (numbers vary depending on the studies). That’s quite a lot of people. So what I aim to do here is give a few ways that I feel, either from my own experiences or through research, may alleviate, or in some cases help prevent, postnatal depression. Due to the fact that I am a father, some of what I’ll say here is aimed more at other fathers as opposed to the mothers, but the majority of it applies to both. Here we go: