If these symptoms continue or get worse, you may be suffering from post natal depression. This affects approximately 10% to 15% of new mothers. You may also suffer from postnatal depression without ever having the baby blues.
Signs of Post Natal Depression (PND)
PND has many symptoms – you may feel sad and cry frequently, you may be anxious and worried about your own health and/or that of your baby. It may be difficult to concentrate and you may find simple tasks overwhelming. You may experience lack of interest in the pleasures of life and your sleep pattern and appetite are often changed. Most mothers who have this illness may feel guilty that they are not ‘coping’ as they feel they should be.
What to expect if you have PND
Do not carry on and hope it will go away - it is a real condition and can be treated successfully. Make contacts with health professionals - your midwife, health visitor or GP and tell them exactly how you feel. They are there to help. You may need to be seen by your doctor to receive the right treatment for you. This may be counselling (talk therapy) or medication.