Symptoms of Postnatal Depression

Key symptoms are:

  • a persistent feeling of sadness and low mood
  • loss of interest in the world around you and no longer enjoying things that used to give pleasure
  • lack of energy and feeling tired all the time

Other symptoms can include:

  • disturbed sleep, such as not being able to fall asleep during the night and then being sleepy during the day
  • difficulties with concentration and making decisions
  • low self-confidence
  • poor appetite or an increase in appetite/"comfort eating"
  • feeling very agitated or alternatively very apathetic
  • feelings of guilt
  • thinking about suicide and self-harming
  • feeling unable to look after the baby
  • too anxious to leave the house
  • thoughts about harming the baby

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NHS Trust fails mother

An NHS Foundation has said it should have prevented the death of a mother suffering from post-natal depression. 33 year old Diana Mager killed herself at Green Parks House psychiatric unit in Orpington, Kent in August last year.