Addresses of useful organisations

British Acupuncture Council 020 8735 0400 www.acupuncture.org.uk British Pregnancy Advisory Service Helpline 0845 730 4 0 30 www.bpas.org.uk Child Bereavement Trust 01494 446 648 Information and support for parents and children who have lost a family member. Contact a Family 0808 808 3555 www.cafamily.org.uk Information and support for families caring for a child with disabilities. Support group contacts. Helpline 0870 167 1677 www.crusebereavementcare.org.uk For advice, individual and group...

Why do panic attacks happen

There is some evidence that for those who have a history of anxiety problems, their symptoms can improve in pregnancy. If you are experiencing regular panic symptoms, then this can actually have negative effects on your pregnancy. High levels of anxiety in pregnancy have been linked to higher levels of hypertension in mothers. Often when people are experiencing panic attacks it is because problems are not being addressed or fearful thoughts or situations are being avoided. If you are terrified...

Designing diaries Anxiety depression drinking

When you want to change something in your life such as the amount of alcohol you are drinking or if you want to monitor your experience of depression, then it can be useful to keep a 'diary'. The examples below show you how you might record this information. You really can do this any way that you find helpful. You might just want to write down a record of your day but it can be useful to divide up your page into columns and record the same information every time you feel anxious or every time...

Do men get morning sickness too

Although the physical symptoms highlighted above should be common only to women, it may be that partners too experience unpleasant thoughts and feelings in early pregnancy. The early pregnancy does impact far less on the father partner and probably he is going to be less troubled now by worries about becoming a parent. However, some may find themselves anxious and confused.Where perhaps this is not understood as 'anxiety', this may result in physical symptoms in the partner. As we have said in...

What does it mean to be a mother Changes for women

Social roles such as 'mother' or 'shopkeeper' or 'friend' are governed by certain rules or expectations. The role of 'mother' has changed drastically in the past hundred years and has probably always been changing in terms of the needs of the wider society at a particular time. For example, during the wars of the past century women were expected to maintain the supply of food and products, especially munitions, that would keep society functioning in time of war. Often they also had to accept...