What is Postnatal Depression
There are plenty of facts, figures and information relating to PND on other websites. Here we want to share how we would explain what PND is to our friends and in our own words, as women who have experienced it first-hand.
A lot of mums who come to our groups say that they thought PND was just feeling low or not bonding with their child, however, we want to plug the gaps in information and help people realise it is so much more than that.
Every individual has their own PND experience; no journey is the same. Recognition and acceptance of the illness is the first major step to recovery.
Some women suffer with just a few symptoms so go through the first year of their child’s life simmering on the edge of feeling overwhelmed, a bit sad or lacking in energy. However, others struggle so much that it can feel like their personality has done a complete u-turn. There is a very broad spectrum of symptoms, which can vary dramatically in severity from person to person. This can make PND very difficult to diagnose and explains why so many parents go under the radar.
Not only are you adapting to being a parent and the major life change this brings, but you have to contend with a host of unexpected thoughts and feelings, which can make life so overwhelming.
Whether you choose to take antidepressants, go for talking therapy (counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy etc.) or use self-help techniques (often treatment can include a combination of all three), the road to recovery can be a rollercoaster, but the direction of travel is the most important thing. Try not to feel downhearted if you have good days followed by not so good days – when you start to feel the ratio shift, you will be well on your way to recovery.