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Post Natal Depression

Postnatal Depression is exactly what it says it is – feelings of depression after the birth of your baby. Symptoms typically include tearfulness, irritability, lethargy, lack of concentration, and feeling guilty, lonely, overwhelmed and unable to cope. Postnatal depression affects as many as one in ten new parents, it most normally occurs around 4-6 weeks after the arrival of a new-born and can affect men as well as women. PND is just as serious as other forms of depression and does need treating – so don’t necessarily dismiss it as a case of the ‘baby blues’ which most new mothers get. Some mothers suffering from post natal depression will have thoughts about harming their baby, and themselves. This doesn’t make you an unfit mother, but does mean you need to urgently see your GP. It can take a considerable amount of time to fully recover from PNT and during that recovery process a relapse is always possible, so having the support of your partner, family and friends is always a great help. Antidepressants are often prescribed to great effect and behavioural therapies are also commonly deployed.

For more information about Postnatal depression:

The Association for Post Natal Depression
Patient.co.uk
NCT

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I have been to the doctors they told me I had post natal depression I hate it because I almost feel as if I don't want my daughter she is 9month old gorgeous little thing and I just can't cope and keep getting told I'm a bad mum and I don't deserve her I cry my self to sleep most nights or I sit up all night thinking about what I can do but nothing is helping I'm on anti depressants and they just don't seem to be working in any way! I don't know who I can talk to





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I have 3kids,6yrs,3yrs + 3mths + findin every day a struggle! Often my 1st thought each day when I waken is I cannot wait 4 bedtime 2nite!finding 3 very overwhelming,very hard work (each child presenting different challenges 4 their age +need)! Totally lackin in motivation,extremely irritable + often snappy (which I loathe),I get anxious +paranoid about everything reading in2 everything any1 says r does + taking it really personal! I'm also avoiding going out of the house unless I absolutly need 2!! I hate who I've become + want to njoy my kids but don't know how to make this happen! I have tried so hard +I hav no get up n go left!im not suicidal + I do lov my kids,feel like I've bonded so well with them all but just not fit 4 them at the mjn! Have no1 2 talk 2,hubby doesn't wanna no,totally unresponsive when I try to discuss how I feel! Really don't want to tak medication but don't see how else I can get away frm all this in my head!+ I really don't even have the motivation to see my gp! Don't think I've the energy to go down that route+ I'm afraid they'll luk dwn at me! any advice would be appreciated ASAP please! I wanna b me again!!!





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im 18 im always unhappy i dont leave my house i sit in my bedroom all the time thinking of things then i cry for no reason i dont like speaking to any 1 i dont go out at the weekends like a normal teenager i dont no what to do to make this go away so i can go back to a normal life





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I'm 17 years olds, I have a baby who is 10 months old and I do everything on my own but I get put down all the time by my partners family I get called a bad mum n I'm get put down all the time by them and I get really upset and want to cry all time and I think I have depression but I'm to scared to go to the Docotors just incase they try and take my baby away





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im a 14 year old teenager and always down feeling unwanted helpp ?





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i had my 3rd child nearly 8 months ago,but for the last month or that i have been very depressed and feeling unwell,it feels like i'm going mad or over thinking to much.i love my children and have never had any thoughts of harming myself or them but ijust cant seem to feel positive about anything.i have stopped seeing friends as i dont want burden them with my problems and i am pushing my partner further and further away.i feel unwell everytime i have to go to work.is this all caused by pnd,the doctor gave me tablets for anxiety a while back but they made me feel to sleepy which is impossible when u have 3 young children to care or.





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I like the name of your domain/blog. Discovering positive outlook is the only therapy I discovered to perform for my Depressive disorders. It was effort and took decades, but I qualified myself to think in a different way and take the chew out of Depressive disorders. That and I’m a cheeky guy who was too persistent to believe I could not battle Depressive disorders off without therapy. We can see more from do I have depression.





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I am on sick leave from Post Natal depression over 4 weeks now. There has been some issues at work before and immediately after my return from maternity leave. I wonder whether post natal depression is considered as 'disability' and whether I will be protected from the Equality Bill. Many thanks!





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hi i am 32 yrs old and my other half is 24 yrs older than me we have been tryin 4 baby now for the last 4 yrs please email me





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I was pregnant with twins age 23 me and my partner were delighted. At 32 weeks my waters broke and they had to be born by emergency C section, they were 8 weeks premature and they were 2 boys! I was on auto pilot the whole time they were in hospital, 1 of my twins caught Ecoli septicema and almost didnt make it! It was a rollercoster of a time for me and my partner. Thet are now 9months old and i have been on citlopram 20mg for the last 3months as i felt unwell had no energry felt guilty ans had suicidel thoughts. Only last week i went back to my GP to say that the feelings and the thoughts were comming back and my GP up'd my dose to 40mg daily tablet, but i feel as if i am back at square 1, i do not understand the way that am feeling and i have thought many of times of ending my life as i just want this horrible feeling to go away, i have two gorgeous baby twin boys who mean the world to me and the best partner ever, i feel so guilty for feeling like this, i should be the happiest person alive, but am lost and very unsure about what to do. Its affecting my partner as well and i think that he is going to leave me and that my baby boys deserve better than myself, i just feel sooo lowesy......Is this the end? How do i know my babies will be cared for properly if i was to end it? I just dont feel like am any good at the moment i have people around me but am very lonely...x





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Please don't feel like this those baby boys need there mum more than anything, its not the end for you its just the beginning , you need to stop taking those tablets there playing with your emotions and gave a good look at those baby boys coz you made them you brought them into the world and trust suicide won't just stop at you there is reprucusions I have had 3 suicides in my family and it has left a trail of devestation, speak with your partner open up to the way you feel and try and spend as much time together as a family. Ur baby boy survived for reason and the reason is you. Xxx


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