Chapter 4

Self-Efficacy

A 30-year-old mother of two who, just like 15% of childbearing women, suffered from postnatal depression, described how pervasive the feelings can be: “I felt like the postnatal depression had introduced doubt in every area of my life. From doubting my ability as a mother, wife, sister, daughter and friend to doubting others' feelings for me. My days were filled with anxiety that at any moment everything, and everyone, that I love would be taken from me by methods that I could not control.”

Self-efficacy is your belief in your own capability to produce the outcomes you want. It is how you perceive that you are able to produce a level of performance, a level with which you are comfortable. This, therefore, is your ability ...

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