After the initial 6 week high of becoming a new Mother, my mood rapidly deteriorated. I loved my baby but didn't trust myself with my baby, second guessed everything and cried several times every day. It got to a point where I did not want to be here and felt my baby would be much better without me. I had a milestone birthday and wanted to disappear before it could happen. I wasn't sleeping, was either not eating at all or binging on junk food as a comfort. I lost complete interest in everything in life that I loved and felt like nothing.
Anxiety and negative thoughts were consuming me. I became very withdrawn socially and truly hated myself. I felt embarrassed for those associated with me.
With the help of my partner, family, best friends and motivated by my baby I decided to mention it to my GP. I was prescribed anti-depressants and referred to the Mental Health Services in Sligo, where I had my first consultation with Dr. Graffeo. Dr. Graffeo was extremely welcoming and really listened to my issues. He diagnosed me with post-natal depression referred me for CBT with Caroline and to continue taking my anti-depressants. Despite COVID-19, Caroline guided me through the full session of CBT by telephone and post using activities and setting goals. As she listened to my fears, she explained and guided me. I slowly regained my confidence as a Mother.
I genuinely owe my life to the mental health team and particularly Caroline. I cannot thank the team and recommend the therapy enough. Throughout the CBT, the Mental Health Team also had regular phone consultations and I was reassured that they were always just a phone call way. Highly recommend getting in touch if you have any issues.
Mental health services get a lot of bad publicity due to budget restrictions, but from my perspective the individuals delivering the services are flawless. My child is now 1 year old and I enjoy and cherish everyday. I never thought I would get to this point. Do not ignore your mental health, seek the help that you need and deserve.
"I slowly regained my confidence as a Mother"
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