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You’ve waited so long for the arrival of your baby, you’ve planned everything from the baby shower to cot bedding, room decor and even your babies first little outfit.
So. What happened?
You feel overwhelmed, emotional, tearful for no reason, unable to cope and maybe even hostile towards your partner or even your baby.
These are just a few of the symptoms you may be experiencing. It could be put down to your hormones whizzing all over the place after the birth of your baby but did you ever think it could maybe be postnatal depression?
During your baby’s first few month it is normal to feel you have lost control, you are tired from countless sleepless nights and you and your baby are still getting to know each other and you are still figuring out your baby’s needs.
You may experience a brief period of feeling low and emotional this is known as the ‘baby blues’. And believe it or not it affects up to 85% of new mothers. New fathers can also often experience the ‘baby blues’ too. The baby blues don’t last long though, where as postnatal depression can last a lot longer.
Postnatal depression however is different. It can start all of a sudden and for no particular reason or it can develop gradually.
Around 10-15% of new mums will start to experience the signs and symptoms of postnatal depression. Typically around the six month mark after giving birth.
Some mothers will not recognise that they have postnatal depression and may put it down to thinking they’re a bad mum for example.
As with any type of depression it needs to be recognised and help sought. Postnatal depression is an illness and it doesn’t mean you don’t care or live your baby.
The best way to seek help is to visit your GP where they will ask you a few simple questions to ascertain how you’re feeling. From this point onwards treating postnatal depression is sought, this can be in a different forms.
Postnatal depression is frightening and lonely but you need to remember that it needn’t be and that there is plenty of help and supposed available whether it be via a charity, local support group, with your friends and family etc.
It is a temporary condition and can be successfully treated.
•Self-Help Advice: Your GP may be able to provide you with some guides or leaflets on how to do this.
•Talking Therapy: having a support network can help and attending therapy with a one-to-one counsellor has proven effective.
Have you experienced PND? Can you share your experience and what helped you to overcome PND?
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