What is postnatal depression?
Around 1 in 10 women suffer from post natal depression following the birth of a child. Sometimes there may seem like a valid reason for the depression, whilst other times there is not.
Postnatal depression can affect women in different ways. Symptoms can start soon after giving birth and last for months or, in severe cases, they can persist for more than a year.
The main symptoms of postnatal depression are:
Other symptoms can include:
The cause of postnatal depression isn't completely clear. Most experts think it's the result of a combination of factors which may include:
Many patients require individual sessions with a mental health specialist. Dr de Silva would conduct a comprehensive assessment and explain her conclusions to you .She would discuss the treatment options taking into consideration your views and what she considers the optimum treatment for you. Treatment would generally include medication, or individual therapy or both. You would be reviewed regularly by Dr de Silva to monitor your progress.