Postnatal depression is experienced by some women after childbirth. It is a common illness but is often not diagnosed. New fathers can also experience postnatal depression. Some symptoms of postnatal depression are feelings of irritation, unhappiness, guilt, sleeplessness, dejection, worthlessness and suicidal thoughts.
Postnatal depression can be assessed using a questionnaire called ‘Edinburgh postnatal depression scale.’ Postnatal depression can be caused by factors like low self-confidence, financial troubles, relationship issues, stressful life events or change in circumstances.
Postnatal depression can occur up to a year after childbirth, however it generally begins between two weeks to a month after delivery.
Postnatal depression Vs Postpartum blues
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There are certain factors such as physical, environmental and lifestyle issues which may cause postnatal depression such as:
A good medical history and a set of specific questionnaires are used to diagnose postnatal depression. Certain blood tests are performed to confirm that the symptoms are not caused by other medical conditions.
Postnatal depression can be treated with talking treatments such as counseling and therapies. Medications may also be advised in some cases of postnatal depression. The key to the treatment of postnatal depression is early diagnosis.
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*Many studies suggest that new mothers fare better when supported during pregnancy.
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