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Post Natal Depression

What is post-natal depression?

Post natal depression is a type of depression that parents can experience after having a baby. It is a common problem mostly affecting mothers although it can also affect partners and fathers. If you think you are suffering from post natal depression it is important to seek help as soon as possible as the symptoms could have a significant impact on you and your baby. With the appropriate treatment most women make a full recovery from post natal depression.

Symptoms of postnatal depression are listed here:

  • Persistent feeling of sadness or low mood
  • Loss of interest in the world around you and no longer enjoying things
  • Lack of energy and feeling tired all the time
  • Feeling that you are unable to look after your baby
  • Problems concentrating and making decisions
  • Loss of appetite or increased appetite
  • Feelings of guilt, hopelessness and self blame
  • Difficulty bonding with your baby with a feeling of indifference and no sense of enjoyment in his or her company
  • Frightening thoughts such as wishing to hurt your baby, these can be very scary and disturbing but they are rarely acted upon
  • Thinking about self harm and suicide

Treatment for post-natal depression

Psychological treatments are mostly recommended for post natal depression though if your symptoms of depression are severe it might also be helpful to consider anti-depressant medication. The most helpful approaches for post natal depression are cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and cognitive analytic therapy (CAT).

If you think that you or a loved one is suffering from post natal depression, please get advice from your GP. If you would like an assessment for psychological therapy or medication, the psychologists and psychiatrist at The Chelsea Psychology Clinic can offer an appointment to consider your needs. They are likely to subsequently work closely with your GP and family to ensure that you have the most appropriate care package to meet your needs and the needs of your baby.