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Postnatal Depression (PND)

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Facts

In Australia postnatal depression affects a significant number of women following childbirth. For many it is short-lived and recovery is reached with support, rest and understanding. For many others, the symptoms persist and greatly affect the woman’s relationship with her partner and her baby.

The onset of Postnatal Depression may be very gradual and many women suffer its symptoms without realising that there is support and treatment available.

Symptoms of Postnatal Depression (PND)

    • Feelings of sadness, anger, exhaustion, emptiness, anxiety, panic and inadequacy.
    • Difficulty sleeping, appetite changes, decrease in energy levels, lack of interest or pleasure in usual activities.
    • Difficulty concentrating, thinking clearly or making decisions.
    • Thoughts of running away or hurting your baby.

Of course not everyone with postnatal depression will experience all these symptoms. However, if you can relate well to any of the above and have been experiencing these symptoms for more than a few days, the best advice is to go and speak to your doctor.

There are a number of treatment options for postnatal depression, but the first step is recognising its signs and symptoms and seeking advice.

Tips

    • The following tips are important whether you are suffering from depression or not. Every parent and carer needs to make an effort to look after themselves emotionally. Read on for tips:

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