POSTNATAL DEPRESSION OR POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION
What is postnatal depression or PND? What are the signs and symptoms of this PND? Is there a cure and what treatment methods are available for Post-Partum Depression? Can it be prevented?
Your long-awaited bundle of JOY has finally arrived – and you are supposed, even expected to feel JOYFUL, cheerful, exuberant and simply beyond yourself in happiness. But why are you feeling down, less cheerful, and certainly not happy? Why are you feeling weepy and not so glad to be a mom? You could be suffering from Postnatal depression/Postpartum depression or PND.
WHO GETS PND? IS THERE A PROFILE?
PND is common amongst mothers, both new and ‘not so new’ and normally occurs within the first 2 months of giving birth. The biggest myth is that only first time mothers get PND. Most women who suffer from PND have had normal depression, before or during pregnancy. Women who are prone to anxiety and bad stress also tend to get depressed after their new baby arrives. Lack of family or friends support is a major contributing factor.
"WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF PND?"
PND WARNING SIGNS / SYMPTOMS
What are the signs and symptoms of PND?
You become anxious, irritable and just depressed. You find it difficult to find pleasure in things that are normally pleasurable. You feel guilty about feeling anything but bliss about your baby. If you have these symptoms, do not dismiss them as nothing but baby blues, which a lot more mothers go through. Seek help and support by asking family and friends to assist; talk to your partner about it – men also do get PND but are less vocal about it; find and join mommy groups in your community. Internet forums also help.