Coping with Depression during Pregnancy and Following the Birth – Guide and Workbook

This workbook is for women wanting to learn self-help skills to prevent and manage depression during pregnancy and after birth. This resource includes basic information for women and their health care providers, as well as advice on getting help, making changes, and preventing relapse.

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CONTENTS:

Introduction

• Why this guide was created
• What is the bc reproductive mental health program
• Who is this guide for?
• How to use this guide
• We’re looking for feedback
• Disclaimer
• Acknowledgements

Information for women
What is depression during pregnancy and following the birth?

• Learning about the symptoms of depression
• If I am depressed why do I feel anxious?
• Why some women develop depression
• Why some women choose not to seek help contents

Getting help
Treatment options for women with depression during pregnancy and following the birth

• What are the treatment options for depression?
• How do I choose which treatment is best for me?
• Using Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy to treat depression

Cognitive behaviour therapy for depression during pregnancy and following the birth

• The Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy model of depression
• Understanding the connection between different symptoms

Self-care: The NEST-S program

• Nest-s
• Nutrition
• Exercise
• Sleep
• Time for yourself
• Support

Action
Making positive changes

• Goal Setting
• Learning How to Solve Problems

Challenging depressive thinking

• Why is it important to identify and challenge depressive thoughts?
• What is depressive thinking during pregnancy and following thebirth of your baby?
• Thinking Traps
• What is Healthy Thinking?

Maintaining gains and relapse prevention

• Introduction to maintaining gains and relapse prevention
• Steps to success
• If you do experience an increase in symptoms…
• What to do if you become pregnant again

Grace’s story

• One woman’s journey using this guide

Handouts for women

1. Self-test for depression symptoms in pregnancy and postpartum—Edinburgh postnatal depression scale (epds)
2. The Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy model of depression
3. Goal setting worksheet
4. Thought challenging worksheet
5. Problem solving worksheet
6. Tips for talking with your doctor about your symptoms
7. What your loved ones can do to support you

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