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.
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