Post Natal Depression

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Post natal depression can be severe. Scientists may soon be able to predict which women are likely to suffer from depression after giving birth.

They have found that women who suffer from severe post natal depression have higher levels of chemicals called thyroperoxidase antibodies in their bloodstream.

The discovery suggests that post natal depression may not – as has been widely assumed – be caused entirely by the psychological and emotional turmoil associated with pregnancy and birth.

The discovery, from a study of 300 pregnant women by Dutch scientists, could enable doctors to identify individuals most at risk.

They could then be given extra help and support.

Researcher Professor Victor Pop, from Tilburg University, said: “This is important. It could improve detection and diagnosis of depression and enable these women to get better help.”
Up to eight out of 10 new mothers are thought to suffer from postnatal depression.


Typically, they become weepy, irritable or slightly depressed about three or four days after the delivery.

The problem usually lasts just a few days, but about 10% of women suffer some form of clinical depression.

About four women per 1,000 who give birth have to be treated in hospital.

Up to 50 women a year commit suicide before their child’s first birthday as a result of postnatal depression or other psychiatric disorders.

Sufferers of postnatal depression include the late Princess of Wales, Mick Jagger’s ex-wife Jerry Hall, model Rachel Hunter, and TV presenter Judy Finnigan.

Heather Welford, an expert in post natal depression at the National Childbirth Trust, told BBC News Online that post natal depression was probably caused by a combination of social and biochemical factors.

However, she said: “A simple, non-invasive test, either biochemical or psychological, that could identify women who are more likely to develop post natal depression would be very useful.”

Social support, counselling and various types of therapy have been shown to be as effective at treating post natal depression as anti-depressants.

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  1. Bounty2009
    Posted March 4, 2009 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Amazing blog, and I couldnt agree more; PND sufferers really do need lots of social support. thank you for raising awareness and offering support. if people want a good place to other mums with the same condition there is a forum just fo PND here Best of luck to all women out there who have to go through this, we really must raise awarenss of this very important issue! xxx

  2. Misti
    Posted January 11, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    I feel like I went through a whole year of PND. I wasn’t myself for a long time. And know I am seeing the signs of depression in my fiance. He is very withdrawn from me. From almost everyone.
    I am going to have him try the fish oil.. sounds amazing.. I hope it yeilds some results.

  3. Jo
    Posted September 3, 2010 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    I am deeply worried about my daughter in law. She has possibly the world’s most supportive husband (no, not just that i would say that) but projects all her difficulties onto him. She has initiated Relate counselling but her husband, my son, is too concerned about supporting her to engage in discussion about his feelings. My daughter in law’s mother has a very strong personality and from the day of our grandson’s birth has “taken over”. It is almost as if my daughter in law had the baby, now 7 months old, to please her mother. How can I help? My son was in tears on the phone yesterday evening.

  4. Donna
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    thought it might be of interest

    Researchers at the University of Sussex have identified the top five internet sites offering support for women struggling with postnatal mental illness such as depression or anxiety.

  5. admin
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    thanks for that !!

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