If you’re experiencing some of the changes listed above, or feel an acute, extended distress that impacts your daily ability to function, you may need to speak with a health professional. They’ll work with you to help identify the best approach to improve your mood, through a tailored plan of action.
Professional help may come from your GP, a counsellor, or your child and family health nurse. During the consultation, you may be asked to provide your family history, and/or complete a questionnaire on your feelings.
The importance of seeking help early:
If you think you might be experiencing depression or anxiety, seek help early. Doing so has been proven to have many benefits, including:
- Feeling ‘well’ sooner
- Improved family relationships
- Greater enjoyment of parenthood
- Enjoying new experiences
- Preventing bigger problems