Presentation on theme: "Moving towards a understanding of psychosocial factors in practice beyondblue NHMRC Guidelines Jennifer Ericksen Manager Perinatal Mental Health and Training."— Presentation transcript:
Moving towards a understanding of psychosocial factors in practice beyondblue NHMRC Guidelines Jennifer Ericksen Manager Perinatal Mental Health and Training Parent Infant Research Institute Austin Health
Parent-Infant Research Institute Investing in the earliest years to build a brighter future
Postnatal distress a dilemma Up to 30% of women experience mild depressive symptoms, adjustment problems and anxiety in the postnatal period Women rarely recognize the symptoms of depression in themselves Justify them as normal, lack of sleep Continue to try to cope Beyondblue National Postnatal Depression Program 36% of women compared to 80% of GPs recognized depressive symptoms Difficulties managing baby commonly lead to feelings of not coping Even when identified women are reluctant to accept a diagnosis of depression.
HOW CAN WE BETTER UNDERSTAND THE ATTITUDES AND BELIEFS OF POSTNATAL WOMEN?
Relationship with health professionals MCHN the most helpful of all health professionals, play a vital role in identifying and managing PND ‘should see it coming, recognize it and take control’ Women seek support from ‘the right person, at the right time with the right options’
Brian Danaher 1 Jeannette Milgrom 2&3 Charlene Schembri 3 John Seeley 1 Jennifer Ericksen 3 Milagra Tyler 1 Alan Gemmill 3 Peter Lewinsohn 1 & Scott Stuart 4 1. Oregon Research Institute 2. Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne 3. Parent-Infant Research Institute 4. Deparment of Psychiatry & Psychology, University of Iowa