Postnatal Depression

Post-natal depression is type of depression that occurs either during pregnancy or after giving birth. Post-natal depression is a serious psychological condition that primarily affects women, but it can also have a significant impact on their partner. Post-natal depression can severely affect the new mothers’ ability to taken care of themselves and their baby.

Some of the most common symptoms of depression are:

  • Persistent sadness and low mood
  • Lack of energy and feeling exhausted all the time
  • Self-blame, feelings of guilt and shame
  • Difficulty creating a bond with your baby (boredom, indifference and/or frustration towards your baby)
  • Disturbed sleep such as trouble sleeping at night and feeling sleepy during the day (in addition to disruption from night feeds)
  • Excessive worry about your health and your baby’s health
  • Feeling unable to cope with the baby
  • Frightening and disturbing thoughts, such as hurting your baby
  • Loss of enjoyment and interest in the wider world
  • Loss of appetite or increased appetite
  • Poor concentration and decision making
  • Contemplating self-harm or suicide
  • Withdrawing from others and isolating yourself

When to seek help

If you are experiencing the above symptoms, it is important that you ask for help as soon as possible. Post-natal depression can last for months and worsen having a significant impact on you and your baby. Dr Maria Pournara, Chartered Psychologist offers therapy/ counselling for post-natal depression online.