Are you struggling with postpartum depression?

Postnatal depression is a type of depression that parents can have after having a baby.  Please remember that postpartum depression is treatable.

What is postpartum depression?

“Postpartum” means the time after childbirth. Most women get the “baby blues,” or feel sad or empty, within a few days of giving birth. For many women, the baby blues go away in 3 to 5 days. If your baby blues don’t go away or you feel sad, hopeless, or empty for longer than 2 weeks, you may have postpartum depression.

Postpartum depression impacts how we feel, think and act.  It affects people in different ways and can cause a wide variety of symptoms.  However low you are feeling now, please remember that postpartum depression is treatable.

When to seek treatment

You should consider treatment for your Depression when:
A sense of worthlessness and inadequacy with a loss of confidence
A persistent feeling of low mood or unhappiness
Difficulty bonding with your baby
Frightening thoughts – for example, about hurting your bab
Difficulty in concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
A sense of hopelessness and helplessness about the future
Thoughts that are extreme, negative, self-critical and unhelpful
Difficulty being around people leading to withdrawal and isolating self
A loss of energy, general aches and pains and little motivation to do things
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CBT is the treatment of choice for mild to moderate depression. If symptoms of depression are severe, and medication is required, then it has a greater effect if combined with CBT. Guidelines on depression, produced by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommend CBT as an effective psychological treatment to overcome depression and stay well. All our CBT Therapists are BABCP accredited therapists, so all are specifically trained to treat depression with CBT.
Postpartum depression is suffered by a mother following childbirth, typically arising from the combination of hormonal changes, psychological adjustment to motherhood, and fatigue; postnatal depression.

Postnatal depression is a type of depression that many parents experience after having a baby.
It's a common problem, affecting more than 1 in every 10 women within a year of giving birth. It can also affect fathers and partners.
Research has actually found that up to 1 in 10 new fathers become depressed after having a baby.
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