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Post-natal depression

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Some of the common symptoms of postnatal depression

Have you been feeling?

  • low
  • upset
  • tearful
  • sad
  • anxious
  • panicky
  • angry
  • irritable
  • guilty

Have you had thoughts like?

  • ‘I’m useless’
  • ‘I look a mess’
  • ‘It’s my fault’
  • ‘I am hopeless’
  • ‘Everyone would cope better if I wasn’t here’
  • ‘This is not going to get better’
  • ‘I’m no good’

Have you noticed?

  • an increase or decrease in appetite
  • you are unable to relax
  • you are sleeping too much or too little
  • you have stopped doing the things you enjoy
  • you lack in energy
  • poor concentration or poor memory
  • you are unable to make decisions
  • headaches
  • aching pains in your body
  • snappy/irritable behaviour
  • you are constantly worrying
  • your heart pounding in your chest
  • a stomach churning sensation
  • you are sweating excessively

Possible causes of postnatal depression

  • hormone levels – after giving birth your hormone levels change, which can impact on your mood
  • a traumatic birth – this can have an effect on your mood
  • previous mental health difficulties – this may make you more susceptible to developing post-natal depression

How common is postnatal depression?

  • 60% of new mums experience symptoms of postnatal depression
  • 15% of new mums will be diagnosed with postnatal depression every year in the UK
  • 8 out of 10 mums will have short-term symptoms of ‘baby blues’ after giving birth; this lasts for a few days

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