Post-Natal Anxiety

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When most of us think about post-natal mental health issues, we think of Postnatal Depression. And when we think about that, we often think of a woman who struggles to bond with her baby and can’t get out of bed. While this does, of course, happen, it is only one small part of a spectrum of mood disorders that impact women during and after childbirth. The focus of this talk is going to be on the often-neglected area of Postnatal Anxiety. The precursors and consequences of maternal post-natal anxiety have received much less attention than experienced by parents following childbirth. Environmental triggers of anxiety, such as the much discussed Zika virus and potential consequences, will be discussed as this becomes therapists to use in this population will be deliberated. 

Suzanne was awarded a degree in Psychology from University College Dublin, a Master’s degree in Neuropsychology from Oxford Brookes University and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Trinity College, Dublin. She has over 10 years experience working with adolescents, adults and couples facing anxiety, depression, grief, pre and post-natal issues, and marital and relationship therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), psychodynamic and attachment theories and mindfulness principles. Her key objective is to provide a supportive environment to help patients realize a more positive outlook and reach a greater sense of well-being.