What Is Post Natal Depression
Postnatal depression is a very serious medical condition often ignored or misunderstood. PND is REAL and can be treated. Irt is classified as a mood disorder which is associated with childbirth. it typically starts 2 weeks to a month after child birth, but can present anytime during the first year of a baby's life. It affects 1 in 3 mother but CAN AFFECT DADS TOO!!!
NB: The danger is that it can also have negative effects on the new born baby's need for physical and emotional nurturing!
PND is often confused with the 'baby blues' which occurs in 70 percent of woman after giving birth. Baby blues lasts a week or two. PND needs treatment.
Feeling sad, emotional and weepy
Usually only lasts 3-7 days after child birth. Never lasts more than 2 weeks.
Affects 70-80% of women
Will resolve spontaneously
POST NATAL DEPRESSION
Severe feelings of sadness, anxiety and worthlessness
Lasts for atleast 2 weeks and may occur for months and up to a year of childbirth
Often associated with anxiety
Affects 10-30% of women