MOTHER LOAD

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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

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