Postnatal Depression

What is Postnatal Depression?

Depression is a commonly occurring mood disorder. If it occurs within a year following the birth of a baby then it is referred to as postnatal depression. It affects about one in ten people, men included.

Baby Blues is much milder, commoner condition affecting about eight out of ten people.

Signs and symptoms

It is normal to have some up and down days as you adjust to a new baby. Your mood may dip because:

  • You sometimes feel you don’t have the energy to do what is needed
  • Motherhood can be difficult at times
  • Fatherhood can be difficult at times
  • The baby can be challenging

These feelings usually pass in a day or two. However you may have postnatal depression if:

  • Your mood is low for a week or more
  • You are having difficulty bonding with the baby
  • You do not feel the interest or pleasure in life you did before

Prevent and reduce Postnatal Depression

The negative effects of postnatal depression are well documented and yet many cases are preventable or reducible with prior preparation. This is a unique service based on 25 years’ experience in this field designed to help to:

  • Prevent postnatal depression occurring by resolving problems early and promoting emotional resilience using a range of psychological strategies
  • Provide focussed and immediate treatment to shorten the length of postnatal depression
  • Lessen the negative effects of postnatal depression by including baby and significant others in treatment

Treatment options

If you feel like this it is advisable to seek help as the baby may be affected as well as the parent. Your doctor may be able to help you or refer you to someone who can. Medication and/or talking treatments may be able to help.

How can I assist?

In the first instance you might want to ask me a question via email – I can offer general advice and guidance, or I can give you personalised advice, treatment and support on the telephone.

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