Postnatal Depression Reasons & Women At Risk@ Reward Me

When the blues turn black

Third day blues are normal, but when these feelings don’t go away, or if they get progressively worse, then it’s time to ask for help.


You’ve given birth, have a beautiful, healthy baby and life is good – isn’t it? Then why do you feel so sad? Feeling emotional, weepy and agitated after birth is normal, and usually goes away after a few days. After this you should be able to experience the joy of your new baby (and the whole range of other emotions that go with this new stage of your life.) But when feelings of hopelessness, anxiety and sadness continuously plague you, don’t hesitate to get yourself to a doctor to be checked out for postnatal depression. While most women suffer from baby blues, close on 30% suffer PND, and experts believe 50% of sufferers go completely undiagnosed.

What is PND?
Postnatal depression is the onset of severe depression, lasting far longer than the baby blues. As time passes a mom with PND may become even more deeply depressed, and feel increasingly isolated. PND sufferers usually experience deep sadness, anxiety, insecurity, numbness or even irrational anger.

Many people don’t understand that PND is a real illness, caused by hormonal, environmental or chemical imbalances, which requires treatment and support. PND usually affects A-type personality moms who will typically choose to hide their condition, feeling ashamed that they can’t cope. Because of this it is often up to family and friends to seek help for the new mother who isn’t coping.

Postnatal depression has many different faces and the more people learn about it the better they will cope. Women need to know that this is not something to hide or feel guilty about. The most important thing is to get the right help. You need someone who believes in you and you may need medication.

Women at risk:

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  • Past history of depression or postnatal depression
  • Poor support structure
  • Lack of a confiding relationship
  • Unemployment of breadwinner
  • Adverse life events
  • Poor relationship with your own mother

Symptoms of PND include:

  • Low mood and loss of enjoyment
  • Anxiety
  • Disturbed sleep and eating patterns
  • Poor concentration
  • Low self-esteem
  • Low energy levels
  • Loss of libido

Recovering from PND takes time and patience and can be a long process. But you will get better. Most importantly, this is not your fault and there is no reason to feel guilty about what you are experiencing. Challenge your assumptions about motherhood and realise that you’re still the best mother for your child, who loves you unconditionally.

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