De­pres­sion goes unchecked

The Star Early Edition - - LIFESTYLE VERVE -

THOU­SANDS of Bri­tish women with post-na­tal de­pres­sion are be­ing failed by GPs and mid­wives, a re­port says.

It ex­plores how half of new moth­ers ex­pe­ri­enced men­tal health prob­lems ei­ther dur­ing their preg­nancy or within the first year of the birth. But 42% were not di­ag­nosed or of­fered help by their GP, mid­wife or other health pro­fes­sional.

Some said doc­tors didn’t have time to talk to them prop­erly, or dis­missed their con­cerns as nor­mal for moth­ers.

The re­search was car­ried out by the Na­tional Child­birth Trust, which said the fail­ures were dev­as­tat­ing to women and their fam­i­lies.

The char­ity also high­lighted in­ad­e­qua­cies in the sixweek check-up – the rou­tine ap­point­ment of­fered to new moth­ers af­ter birth. The sur­vey in­volved 1 012 women.

Sarah McMullen, of the trust, said: “Some moth­ers aren’t be­ing open about how they’re feeling as they’re ter­ri­fied they’re go­ing to have their baby taken away, and oth­ers are not be­ing asked about their emo­tional well-be­ing at all.”

Pro­fes­sor He­len StokesLam­pard, of the Royal Col­lege of GPs, said: “It’s in­cred­i­bly hard for GPs to ex­plore all the phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal fac­tors af­fect­ing our pa­tients’ health within the time con­straints of the con­sul­ta­tion as it stands.

“We need these checks to be much longer so we are able to give the same at­ten­tion to the new mother as we do to the baby, but this needs more resources and more GPs.” – The Daily Mail

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