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Postnatal depression

Postnatal depression is what happens when an individual becomes depressed after having a baby. It is different from the ‘baby blues’. It usually develops in the first four to six weeks after childbirth although in some cases it may not develop for several months. New mothers may also have an existing depression, which they have experienced before and during pregnancy. Many new mothers experience this severe depression without recognising it or realising that it is a treatable illness. This causes needless distress, which also affects family and friends.