My treatment for Postnatal Depression
I wanted to share with you my responses on the ‘Join the Dots’ activity that I did with my psychologist. I umm’d and ahh’d about sharing this on my blog as it has been one of the toughest personal challenges in my life, but I figured that it could help someone else in my situation. You can see below the headings in bold and my responses in blue.
Body (feelings, sensations, urges)
Wanting to cry
Pins and needles
Mind (thoughts, memories, beliefs, worries)
Worry about the worst
Dwell and repeat over and over
I want to disappear
How have you tried to distract yourself from these thoughts and feelings?
Internet (social media, blogging)
Opting Out (quit, avoid, procrastinate, withdraw from – people, places, activities, situations when we don’t like the thoughts and feelings they bring up)
Some of the things I’ve opted out of in the past:
Playgroup (Haven’t opted out but have wanted to)
Social outings with people I don’t know well
Social outings where I have to put in an effort to be ‘ok’
Running my own business
Thinking (blaming others, worrying, rehashing past, fantasizing, positive thinking, problem solving, self-criticism, analysing, denial and so on?) If only? What if? Not fair? Why Me?
How I have tried to think my way out of it:
Analyzing reasons I shouldn’t go
Worrying about what others will think
Doubting my ability
Thinking about how happy I’ll be if I avoid it
Substances, Self-harm, Other Strategies
Substances I’ve tried putting into my body:
I have not tried self harm but I like to have a drink or two of wine to make my worry feelings disappear and to boost my confidence.