Broadgate Clinic London Wall reveals the signs of postnatal depression

Postnatal Depression (PND) is a distressing illness that has a particular set of causes. It’s something that we here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall have helped many women to recover from. Left untreated it is unlikely to go away quickly, and may worsen if appropriate steps are not taken. Knowing the signs of PND is the first step on the road to treatment and recovery.

Experiencing highs and lows is normal

Being a mother is physically and emotionally demanding; especially for first time mums to whom everything is brand new. Because of this you can expect to experience highs and lows in your mood. No need to worry – that’s all quite normal. The lows don’t normally last long and they’re followed up by highs to buoy your spirits back up. If however you experience some of the symptoms listed below, and there are no highs to balance them out, you may very well be suffering from PND.

Postnatal depression, despite its name, can actually start during pregnancy. On the other hand, sometimes it doesn’t materialise until months after the birth.

The symptoms of Postnatal Depression

Some of the more common symptoms include:

  • A constant feeling of sadness and depression
  • Taking no pleasure in being with your baby
  • Feeling hostile towards your family
  • Being over-anxious about baby’s health despite reassurances from others
  • Feelings of inadequacy in terms of dealing with any baby health problems (imagined or not)
  • Being afraid you might harm baby
  • A loss of interest in things going on in the world around you
  • No longer enjoying the things that you used to enjoy doing before the birth.
  • A lack of energy, and feelings of listlessness
  • Feeling constantly fatigued

Some women suffer other symptoms too which can include:

  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • Having difficulty concentrating and making decisions
  • Having low self confidence
  • Having low self-esteem
  • Loss or increase of appetite
  • Feeling agitated
  • Suffering feelings of guilt and self blame
  • Contemplating self-harming
  • Contemplating self harming

Postnatal depression can be debilitating in terms of day-to-day life. It can also exacerbate feelings of anxiety. Many women who suffer from PND feel that they are unable to take care of their babies. They can also feel over anxious about leaving home or keeping in touch with friends and even family.

Having a discrete, confidential consultation at Broadgate’s walkin GP clinic London city.

The fact of the matter is that PND affects every mother differently. If you live and/or work in London and you recognise any of these symptoms in yourself, you can pop to Broadgate’s discrete, private walkin clinic London Wall for a confidential GP appointment.

Organisations that can help

The most important thing to be aware of is that you are not alone. Do not suffer in silence, and don’t fall prey to feelings of helplessness. There are plenty of people and organisations around to help with PND. Organisations include:

Watching out for others

Many young mothers are unaware they have PND, or are in self denial. This is unfortunately quite common. It’s therefore important for close friends and family to keep a watchful eye open. The signs of postnatal depression in others to watch out for include:

  • Frequent outbursts of crying for no apparent reason
  • When mothers have difficulty bonding with baby
  • Self-neglect
  • Loss of sense of time
  • Loss of sense of humour
  • Constant worry about baby’s health regardless of reassurance from others

Referring potential victims of PND to Broadgate Clinic London Wall

If someone you know or are partnered with is exhibiting any of these symptoms, try and encourage them to talk about their feelings, or suggest that they pop in to Broadgate’s private walkin clinic London Wall for a discrete, confidential consultation. No prior appointment is necessary