Pregnancy and Parenthood are life-changing experiences, each meaning something different to both women and men, however, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders can affect both. Many pregnant couples or new parents do not seek the help that is readily available to them, mainly due to the stigma attached to mental health. As a result, couples-and women in particular-find it difficult to cope with the rollercoaster of emotions associated with pregnancy and early parenting. This has serious implications not only for the emotional, cognitive and social well-being of the unborn child and new baby, but also for the quality of the relationship between them. And numerous amounts of literature continues to demonstrate that future relationships are based on early experiences.
At SOPHROSYNA we have developed the Strengthening Bonds – Securing Attachment Project. This project aims to build awareness for the main issues relating to infant-parent bonding and secure attachment. A series of workshops and seminars explore the main mental health issues that when left untreated become problems for both parents and babies. Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are the most common complications of pregnancy. Depression affects at least 1 in 10 pregnant women and 1 in 7 after childbirth in Greece. It is believed that anxiety is almost as common as depression but there are no formal figures available. Pregnancy loss and infertility are also serious experiences that can add anxiety to a current pregnancy. The good news is that all perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are treatable. And help is available.
The following events are part of the SOPHROSYNA Stregthening Bonds – Securing Attachment Project:
- PlayTherapy Workshop for Parents- April 11, 2018
- Infant Bond and the Parental Relationship- April 25, 2018
- Anxiety Disorders: Pregnancy and Postpartum- May 30, 2015
- Anxiety Disorders Effects on Early Attachment- May 16, 2018
- Healthy Mind: Healthy Baby- Teaching Baby Healthy Thoughts and Behaviours- June 6, 2018
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