Studies show that 8 per cent of new mothers in Singapore develop postnatal depression and medical practitioners suspect many do not get diagnosed and treated.
Studies show that 8 per cent of new mothers in Singapore develop postnatal depression (PND) and medical practitioners suspect many do not get diagnosed and treated.
Sometimes, the PND goes away when issues are resolved. But for about 30 per cent of sufferers who go untreated, the condition can last a year or longer.
Typical symptoms include low mood (depression), loss of interest, feeling guilty for no good reason, poor sleep and appetite, negative feelings towards the baby and bodily symptoms such as aches.
According to Kandang Kerbau Hospital Singapore, the symptoms usually start soon after childbirth, but are often unnoticeable until two to three months after delivery. The symptoms may vary a lot.
Untreated postnatal depression can affect the mothers ability to bond with her child, so it is important to seek help.
If you are pregnant and have had depression during your last pregnancy, do seek early advice. If the previous episode of depression was especially severe, you might want to consider taking prophylactic antidepressants as the risk of a relapse during a subsequent pregnancy is potentially fifty percent.
If you need someone to talk to call the National Pregnancy Helpline on 1800-MUM-TO-BE, the Babes Teens SMS Helpline on 8111-3535, or the Child Protection & Welfare Service at the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports on 1800-258-6378
Watch this mum's video about dealing with PND