Postnatal depression: What is it?
Mood disorder affecting 15 per cent of childbearing women
Can develop within a few days or weeks of giving birth
Should not be confused with the ‘‘ baby blues’’, anxiety and other mood disorders
Associated with negative feelings lasting more than two weeks that have a significant effect on the woman’s life
Negative feelings include irritability, anger, low energy levels, loss of interest in life and feeling guilty
Women with a previous history of depression are more vulnerable to PND
Other risk factors (but not causes) include: depression during pregnancy, difficulties in the marital relationship, lack of support and stressful life events