What Is Postpartum Depression?
Postpartum depression (also called postnatal depression) is a sub-type of depression which occurs within twelve months of the baby’s birth and affects over 10 per cent of women (it can also affect the father / partner, although this is rarer).
Symptoms may include :
- feeling one cannot care for the baby adequately
- frustration, anger and irritability
- feelings of guilt / shame
- feelings of emptiness
- problems bonding with baby
- anxiety and sadness
- decreased or increased appetite
- social withdrawal
- poor self-care
- fear of hurting self, partner or baby
- impaired ability to make decisions
- extreme fatigue / lethargy