Women’s Mental Health

Mental health problems are always unfortunately stigmatized and often like the conflicts around the world females are the most affected, but get least help.

Mental health problems are always unfortunately stigmatized and often like the conflicts around the world females are the most affected, but get least help.

PTSD, Anxiety Disorders or Psychotic Disorders before pregnancy  easily get attention but following group of stress disorders do not get much attention during or after pregnancy.

Pregnancy or miscarriage both easily cause depression. The symptoms include sad mood, anger, blame game, and being jealous of all. Since most of her relatives are sympathetic towards her rather empathetic, it causes loss of self esteem and feeling alone.

Depression after pregnancy: Even in 2015, be it Kashmir or Rajasthan, birth of a girl child is an unwelcome event, also domestic violence after marriage and during marriage and  pregnancy  is seen in some selected families in one form or another.

Once upon a time joint families with grandmothers, grandfathers were best counselors to newly wed couples to child birth to their adolescence life, but now due to increasing trend of nuclear families, even sickness of a baby, causes severe distress to lactating mother.

Mother is severely depleted of proper sleeping hours. In such cases other family members must provide a protective shield to her, among my clients I have found large number of lactating mothers working mostly in private sector getting a curtailed maternity leave, which as human beings must concern us all and severe punishment must be given to such companies in private sector or erring sleuths in government sector.

Following core group of women need special counseling Women who are pregnant but suffered from domestic violence or facing it now, or women who had abortions of any kind in past.

Looking at the ratio of females to males in Kashmir, many pregnant mothers must be facing pressure to terminate pregnancy.

Pregnant mothers who are diagnosed with depression or O.C.D, their medicine should be closely monitored by their respective psychiatrists.

ICDS or ASHA workers can play role of a catalyst 

Adequate sleep for pregnant and lactating mother is the best gift we can give her.

Lastly, caring of a new born should not be the responsibility of mothers only, it's time fathers play a pro-active role.

The author is a mental health counselor.
arifmaghribi@yahoo.com
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