NHS: Postnatal Depression

NHS: Postnatal Depression

The NHS have experts to deal with postnatal depression if you feel you or someone you know may be suffering with postnatal depression please contact a medical professional.

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Postnatal depression is a type of depression some women experience after they have had a baby.

It’s a common problem, affecting more than 1 in every 10 women within a year of giving birth. It can also affect fathers and partners, although this is less common.

It’s important to seek help as soon as possible if you think you might be depressed, as your symptoms could last months or get worse and have a significant impact on you, your baby and your family.

With the right support, which can include self-help strategies and therapy, most women make a full recovery.

There are many symptoms of postnatal depression, such as low mood, feeling unable to cope and difficulty sleeping, but many women are not aware they have the condition. It’s common to experience mood changes, irritability and episodes of tearfulness after birth – the so-called baby blues. These normally clear up within a few weeks. But if a woman experiences persistent symptoms, it could well be the result of postnatal depression.

It is important for partners, family and friends to recognise signs of postnatal depression as early as possible and seek professional advice.

It’s very important to understand postnatal depression is an illness and does not mean you do not love or care for your baby.


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