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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    I don't know what to do, I've got a good life but I'm very depressed,

    I'm a new mum to my 1yr old son, still with his father I'm 26yrs and run a successful business, seems I have a good life!! But i don't, my partner doesn't understand me, we fight all the time, I've fuelled myself with anger and resentment towards him, I've fallen out with everyone I'm close with I just hate everyone, I don't know where this rage, and nasty streak has come from, I used to be a very happy bubbly, positive person and now I'm left to tend to my baby alone, I have no help, and I struggle a lot to cope, I am always crying every morning, night, all the time, I stated smoking weed to try help me be “happy” and just cope with the baby, I find It helps but doesn't last, I wanted to admit myself somewhere just to get a break and be alone to think, but then I have my son, I'm just really confused, and don't know what to do.
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    Emma Pinn

    Clinical Psychologist, Psychologist

    I'm a Clinical Psychologist who has expertise working with children, adolescents, young people, and adults in managing anxiety, depression, emotional problems, insomnia, low motivation, and … View Profile

    Having a baby results in enormous change in one's life - your body changes, your relationship with your partner changes, your relationships with others change, your lifestyle will change, and how you feel about yourself will often change as well. It's not unusual to feel a range of difficult emotions after having a baby even if our life looks great ‘on paper’ (i.e. a partner, child, successful business). If you haven't already, I encourage you to read through some information on postnatal depression. The Black Dog Institute has some useful information: http://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/public/depression/inpregnancypostnatal/postnataldepressionpnd.cfm
    Then I encourage you to arrange an appointment with your GP to discuss getting some support from a psychologist or other suitably qualified mental health professional. You're not alone in this suffering, and it's important that you seek the help that's available as soon as you can.

    Best wishes with the above.

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