For many mothers having a baby can be an exciting and fulfilling experience, even with the considerable changes this brings to their lives. This is not the case for everyone, however. Some mothers may feel depressed and anxious, both during pregnancy and after birth.
If you are feeling this way you are not alone. Current statistics suggest that between 70,000 - 100,000 women suffer from Post-Natal Depression in the UK each year. The symptoms of PND can be very distressing but they can also be treated and alleviated very effectively by therapy.
PND is different from the "Baby Blues". "Baby Blues" affects 80% of women after birth and lasts for a few days. With "Baby Blues" you may feel emotional, burst into tears often and feel irritable or anxious and depressed. If you feel depressed, however, and this lasts for longer than the first two weeks then it is a good idea to seek help. PND usually begins 2-8 weeks after giving birth, sometimes with no warning, although you may possibly have been experiencing some depression during pregnancy too. With PND, you can experience various symptoms which include feeling low and despondent and that you can't cope with your baby.