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You should thank your lucky stars that we are not living in
the age of 50 years ago when Postnatal Depression was looked
down upon. Imagine how hard it would be to reach out for
help if the general view was that you were rejecting your
Today, there is a lot more help available, whether it is
books, counselling or just joining a friendly mother's or
parent's group to discuss problems and fears.
When I first discovered that I had Postnatal Depression I
was suffering from the same classic symptoms such as feeling
out of control, low self esteem, headaches, heart
palpitations, panic attacks, being very short tempered and
not feeling a great affection for my constantly crying baby.
Other symptoms you might feel can include a feeling of
loss of self, an inability to get anything done, feeling
like a prisoner in your own home, loss of appetite and worst
of all thoughts of hurting yourself or your baby.
The causes of Postnatal Depression are varied but the
most common ones are:
* A family history of depression
* Having no support either from your partner or
* Being a highly organised and disciplined person
before the birth of your baby may increase your
risk, because babies often don't
agree to being organised by anyone
* A constantly crying or unsettled baby
* Disappointment due to the birth not going how you
planned or being unable to breastfeed.
* Hormone imbalance
* Lack of quality sleep.
It is vital that if you feel you are suffering from
any of the above symptoms to get help because I can assure
you that ignoring them, will not help you! Find someone
that you can talk to in the medical field that you feel
comfortable with, be it an Early Childhood Nurse, your
family doctor or a counselling service.
There are many avenues that you can go down to recovery
but the most important first step is reaching out for help.
thanks, and if I can help you in any way
please let me know.
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