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Post Natal Depression (PND)
Post Natal Depression is
now a well recognised and treatable
illness which, in varying degrees of seriousness affects about one in
five mothers. Indeed recent research by the Royal College of Midwives
suggests that Post Natal Depression could be much more common than
previously thought as many women are too afraid to ask for help and
therefore hide their symptoms.
This is an even more
serious condition than Post Natal Depression. It affects about one in a
thousand new mothers and usually occurs within six weeks after
delivery. The symptoms may include hallucinations, delusions and other
erratic and out of character behaviour. This is often first noticed by
partners or family members. This is a very serious condition which
usually requires treatment in hospital initially.
Professional Help - The GP and The Health Visitor
It is important for a woman with Post Natal Depression to
see her Doctor. Tell the Doctor all your symptoms, as this will help
him or her to correctly diagnose the illness. For some women, just the
consultation, and the recognition that there is an illness, is enough
and they may not require further treatment. Though forms of treatment
may vary, they can involve the use of anti-depressant drugs which are
usually extremely useful in aiding recovery. If you are breast feeding,
you must inform your Doctor when being prescribed medication.
You Will Recover
Having had Puerperal Psychosis myself after the birth of my first child I understand how distressing PND can be. Even in the darkest of moments it is important to remind yourself and to be reminded that you will recover fully. I made a full recovery and I went on to have a second child with no re-occurrance.
Other Support for Post Natal Depression
Counselling Godalming, Guildford ,Woking, Farnham, Cranleigh and Haslemere, Waverley, Surrey, including Aldershot and Farnborough, Hampshire ~ A Professional Qualified and Caring Counsellor ~ Specialising in Anger Management, Bereavement, Post Natal Depression, Depression, School Counselling, Youth, Young People, Teenagers, Parenting and Educational Special Needs ~ Based in Guildford and Godalming, Surrey (U.K.).