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Postnatal depression

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Postnatal depression (PND) or postnatal illness (PNI) affects 1 in 7 mothers. PND is not linked to age, religion, ethnicity or whether this is the first, second, third or fourth baby. It can happen to anyone at anytime during the first year of your babies life…

Women who have previously experienced PND are more at risk of another episode. Symptoms are different for everyone but will include some of the following:

  • Tearfulness
  • Panic attacks
  • Being unable to sleep or feeling exhausted even when you have had sleep
  • Anxiety
  • Flashbacks to your labour & birth
  • Nightmares
  • Feeling physically ill, and physical symptoms such as chest pain, headaches, dizziness
  • Constant worry over your own health or that of your child/children
  • Not feeling any emotion to your baby
  • Obsessive thoughts or repetitive chanting thoughts or voices
  • Thoughts that you may harm your child or a member of your family either accidentally or deliberately, most mums with PND DO NOT harm their children
  • Many women describe feeling in a deep pit or suffocating feeling
  • Worries over everyday objects that could cause harm to yourself or your child – e.g knives, stairs, even cars or buses
  • Worries over cot death
  • Self harm
  • Feeling numb & lack of emotion
  • Putting on a brave face to hide how you feel
  • Feeling like a failure and a “bad Mother”
  • Feeling of wanting to escape and that your family would be better off without you
  • Suicidal thoughts and feelings
  • Feelings of being overwhelmed

If you feel that this maybe affecting you, please call us on 0300 300 0834.  A member of our Access Team will take your details and arrange for you to have a telephone assessment to discuss how we can best help you.