Signs of Postnatal Depression

Sometimes it is hard to know as a new mother if what you are feeling is what you are ‘supposed’ to be feeling.  There are no right and wrong responses.  Motherhood is a time of great change and as with any great change in life it will be challenging and can stretch your resources.  It also takes time to make sense of what your new experience is and your feelings about it.  Mothers need supporting at this time of great change.  Some mothers may need more emotional support than others, but this doesn’t mean that they are somehow failing or lacking in their abilities to be a mother.  The Royal College of Psychiatrists have produced a really good leaflet about Postnatal Depression (PND).  Recognising the signs of when things are getting difficult is a way of being aware of when you may need to seek out some more support.  These are some of those signs:

  • Feeling depressed, low, unhappy or tearful most of the time
  • Feeling irritable
  • Feeling utterly exhausted and lacking in energy
  • Sleeplessness, unable to fall asleep or waking early and worrying about things
  • Changes in appetite
  • Feeling unable to enjoy anything
  • Having negative or guilty thoughts
  • Feelings anxious
  • Avoiding other people
  • Feeling hopeless

The important thing is not to suffer alone.