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Postnatal Depression and Anxiety

Postanatal Depression

Postnatal depression and anxiety are common conditions that many parents face after the birth of a child. Postnatal depression often brings persistent sadness, hopelessness, and a lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed, along with possible changes in appetite, sleep issues, irritability, and difficulty bonding with your baby. Postnatal anxiety might cause excessive worry, restlessness, and racing thoughts about your baby’s safety or your abilities as a parent.

These conditions significantly impact a parent’s ability to care for their child and affect family dynamics. However, experiencing postnatal depression or anxiety doesn’t reflect your capabilities or strength as a parent; they are natural responses to the major life and hormonal changes following childbirth.

It’s vital to seek support and treatment, including consulting healthcare professionals, joining support groups, therapy, and possibly medications. Support from family and friends is also essential. With appropriate help, postnatal depression and anxiety can be managed successfully, allowing you to enjoy and embrace your parenting journey.

EDINBURGH POSTNATAL DEPRESSION SCALE (EPDS)

Anxiety and depression checklist (K10) This simple checklist asks you to reflect on your feelings over the seven days. Together, these ten questions measure how distressed you’ve been recently, by signs of depression and anxiety. After completing this checklist, you can print your score for your records or to give to your GP In the past seven days…

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    1. I have been able to laugh and see the funny side of things *

    2. I have looked forward with enjoyment to things *

    3. I have blamed myself unnecessarily when things went wrong *

    4. I have been anxious or worried for no good reason *

    5. I have felt scared or panicky for no very good reason *

    6. Things have been getting on top of me *

    7. I have been so unhappy that I have had difficulty sleeping *

    8. I have felt sad or miserable *

    9. I have been so unhappy that I have been crying *

    10. The thought of harming myself has occurred to me *

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