Postnatal Depression


Hardest times ... "Things were very clearly not right. But I was in denial for a long time."

Even dads get the blues

It's not only mums who endure postnatal depression - it's thought that just as many dads suffer from the debilitating illness. Worryingly, they're also less likely to get help.

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There's no right or wrong way to give birth

A few weeks ago, I mentioned to a fellow health worker that I'd co-written a book on postnatal depression. ''Really? I have an interest in postnatal depression,'' she said.

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"My job is diagnosing and treating mental illness, and yet I brushed aside some early warning signs" ... Dr Dawn Barker

'I almost missed it'

Her job is diagnosing and treating mental illness, but even Dawn Barker brushed aside warning signs of postnatal depression in a friend. She shares her story.

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If I'd known then what I know now ...

For one mum, the first few months with a new baby were okay - but then anxiety and depression set in. She shares her story and her 'cheat sheet' of advice for other mothers.

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woman crying

Postnatal depression: dispelling the myths

There are a number of myths surrounding postnatal depression, some of which helped Megan Blandford ignore her own PND for so long. Here's why so many PND myths just aren’t true.

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Crying baby mum

Is it postnatal depression or just the baby blues?

Up to 80 percent of women will experience the 'baby blues' in the days following their child’s birth. But for some women, the feelings of sadness aren’t just about ‘feeling a bit down’ – they’re a sign of postnatal depression.

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Down ... maternal and paternal postnatal depression often occurs at the same time.

New-dad depression hurts child

Postnatal depression in men could cause ongoing emotional and behavioural problems in their children, according to an Australian study that experts say shows fathers need to be checked for the condition.

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Behind the mask

It's not only women who suffer from post-natal depression. One in ten men will also suffer from some form of anxiety or depression after the birth of a child.

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