Friday - - Health -

Almost half of all women ex­pe­ri­ence baby blues after birth, which usu­ally starts within three to four days and in­volves mood swings, tear­ful­ness and feel­ing low. Post­na­tal de­pres­sion af­fects around 10 to 15 women per 1,000. How­ever, post­par­tum de­pres­sion is the rare form of the con­di­tion, af­fect­ing only one woman per 1,000. Suf­fer­ers of­ten dis­play signs of ma­nia and con­fu­sion, as well as ex­pe­ri­enc­ing delu­sions and hal­lu­ci­na­tions. Psy­chi­a­trists be­lieve ge­net­ics play a part, as does hav­ing a past his­tory of psy­chotic ill­ness. Hor­monal changes post-birth and sleep de­pri­va­tion as­so­ci­ated with hav­ing a small baby are also be­lieved to con­trib­ute.

Of­ten, a woman suf­fer­ing from post­par­tum psy­chosis will be un­able to re­alise she is ill, and will need her fam­ily mem­bers or those close to her to help her get the treat­ment she needs.

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