Postnatal Depression is a type of depression that can affect parents after having a baby. It is most commonly experienced by mothers, but it can also affect partners and fathers. If you suspect that you may be suffering from postnatal depression, it is important to get help right away, as the symptoms can have a significant impact on you and your baby. Thankfully, with the right treatment, most people are able to make a full recovery.
Symptoms of postnatal depression can include persistent feelings of sadness or low mood, loss of interest in the world around you, lack of energy, problems concentrating and making decisions, changes in appetite, feelings of guilt and self-blame, difficulty bonding with your baby, frightening thoughts such as wishing to hurt your baby, and thoughts of self-harm or suicide.
Treatment for postnatal depression typically includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and Schema Therapy. These therapies can help you work through your own personal history, build your parenting skills and address any other contributing factors. In cases of severe depression, antidepressant medication might also be recommended.