Postnatal Depression is something that is experienced by many parents after having a baby. It is one of the more common problems that are being faced by the women and as per some estimates, about 1 woman in every 10 faces such issues after giving birth to a child. Even though it affects men as well, the ailment is witnessed more commonly in women. Immediate support is needed for women who are facing post natal depression so clear perspective is needed to be taken in this regard (Whitton et al. 2016, p.428).
Impact of Postnatal Depression
Most of the times, women feel teary and anxious as soon as they face Postnatal Depression and most commonly It happens during the course few weeks after giving birth. It is also referred to as baby blues and it is such a common thing that it is considered normal (Whitton et al. 2016, p.428). What happens is that the whole thing and the feeling of being down disappear after couple of weeks. If the symptoms though persist for a longer period of time, then they are being referred to as Postnatal Depression. Postnatal Depression can start after anytime in the first year after giving birth (Whitton et al. 2016, p.428).
Signs of the Postnatal Depression
There are some clear cut signs of the Postnatal Depression (Whitton et al. 2016, p.428). For instance, the persistent feeling of sadness and low mood that follows birth is the most common issue (Whitton et al. 2016, p.428). At the same time, there is feeling of not enjoying anything and having this feeling of being tired all the time is another major issue. Other thing that is very problematic for women is that how they are supposed to make sure that they look after their sleeping (Whitton et al. 2016, p.428). Most of the times, the women who are facing Postnatal Depression have issues when they are sleeping and they are not able to concentrate as well. In the more severe cases, there are some frightening thoughts as well such as hurting your baby (Whitton et al. 2016, p.428).
Support And Intervention For Postnatal Depression
The key thing that whatever any women are feeling, they should not go through the whole ordeal alone and it is a good idea to found the support system during the course of the whole time period. It has to be noted that if the problems are not going away, then some sort of medication and therapy is important so that they can be sorted out completely (Cox et al. 2015, p.189). At times what really happens is that the women start to blame themselves but that is not the case, instead it is something that is being faced by more or less all the women (Whitton et al. 2016, p.428). The other thing that the women need to realize is that it is something that is not very serious and it can happen to just about anyone. Postnatal Depression does not mean that there is something wrong with the mental makeup of the women. Instead with little intervention and possible therapy, all the symptoms would be eventually taken care off (Cox et al. 2015, p.189).
Can Postnatal Depression Be Prevented?
It has to be noted that there is no evidence that shows that whether Postnatal Depression can be avoided in anyway (Cox et al. 2015, p.189). The key thing that has to be done is to make sure that the healthy lifestyle is supposed to be maintained. It is also a good idea that if there is a history of mental health problems, then they should be brought into the knowledge of the GP (Cox et al. 2015, p.189).
Cox, J.L., Chapman, G., Murray, D. and Jones, P., 2015. Validation of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) in non-postnatal women. Journal of affective disorders, 39(3), pp.185-189.
Whitton, A., Warner, R. and Appleby, L., 2016. The pathway to care in post-natal depression: women’s attitudes to post-natal depression and its treatment. Br J Gen Pract, 46(408), pp.427-428.