Postnatal depression (PND) is estimated to affect at least 10-20% of new mothers. It is the most common psychological complication of childbirth, and impacts on not only the woman, but her partner, the baby, other children, extended family and friends.
- Sadness, tearfulness
- Feelings of inadequacy
- Hopelessness and helplessness
- Sense of failure and inability to cope
- Anxiety, panic
- Guilt, shame
- Sleep disturbance
- Change in appetite or eating patterns
Lack of confidence regarding parenting ability
Loss of energy
Loss of libido
Lack of interest in usual activities
Low self esteem
Thoughts of suicide
Thoughts of running away
The process of adjusting to parenthood after the birth of a child is one of the most stressful life events. A couple become a family, and this entails adjustments for each of the individuals, as well as changes within the relationship.
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