Postnatal Depression

Postnatal depression is a common condition affecting more than one in every 10 women per year. It can also affect fathers and partners. It’s a type of depression that occurs within a year of giving birth. The so called ‘baby blues’ is so common it’s considered normal; however if the symptoms don’t go away in two weeks, it may be a sign of evolving postnatal depression.

POSTNATAL DEPRESSION

Postnatal depression is a common condition affecting more than one in every 10 women per year. It can also affect fathers and partners. It’s a type of depression that occurs within a year of giving birth. The so called ‘baby blues’ is so common it’s considered normal; however if the symptoms don’t go away in two weeks, it may be a sign of evolving postnatal depression.

Many people find postnatal depression confusing, as it comes at a time where they should be feeling happy after having a baby. However, it’s important to remember that it doesn’t mean you are a bad parent, but are suffering an illness, and there is a wide range of support available to help you make a full recovery.

If you suspect you or your partner may have postnatal depression then please speak to a GP, midwife or a health advisor at the earliest opportunity, as they will work withy you to assess the severity of your condition and get the treatment you need so that you are able to care for yourself and your child.

Voice: Dr Ranj Singh