Postnatal depression is a type of depression that affects approximately one in ten women following giving birth. It will generally develop approximately six weeks after the birth but may take many more weeks before it is recognised and diagnosed. The symptoms of postnatal depression are wide ranging but typical symptoms include feeling low in mood, feeling unable to cope, and a loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed.
Postnatal depression can affect the bond that a mother feels with her baby, which in turn can generate some very difficult emotions in the mother. The compromised bond is temporary and is due to the postnatal depression. It is not in any way indicative of being a bad mother or not loving the baby enough.
Postnatal depression is thought to be caused by a variety of factors rather than a single cause. These include:
- The strain and anxiety that can be caused by looking after a young baby, including sleepless nights and the adjustments in lifestyle
- Personal social circumstances such as relationship difficulties, financial worries or a poor social support network
- The hormonal changes that occur after pregnancy.
If you think that you may be suffering from postnatal depression, it is important to see your GP as soon as possible. The Psychology Clinic will work with your GP or the referring Psychiatrist to ensure the treatment you receive is tailored and appropriate to your needs.
If you would like to arrange an appointment you can call the clinic on 01252 734 670 between 9.00am and 5.30pm Monday to Saturday. Alternatively, if you would like to speak to someone prior to booking an appointment, please call Irenie Phillips, Practice Secretary, on 07561 371 053 or e-mail Irenie on firstname.lastname@example.org