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Postnatal depression

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Introduction
Find everything you need to know about postnatal depression including causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, with links to other useful resources.
Symptoms of postnatal depression
The key symptoms of postnatal depression are a persistent feeling of sadness and low mood, lack of energy and lack of interest and enjoyment
Causes of postnatal depression
Most experts think postnatal depression does not usually have a single cause, but is the result of a combination of factors
Diagnosing postnatal depression
Your GP will want to know about how you have been feeling over the past month
Treating postnatal depression
Treatment options for postnatal depression include cognitive behavioural therapy and antidepressants
Preventing postnatal depression
To try to prevent postnatal depression you should inform your GP about any previous periods of depression that you have had or if you have felt very low
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'With help, there is light at the end of the tunnel'
Louise Hudson, 42, has two children, Jamie, 15 and Alice, 10. Louise developed postnatal depression just before the birth of her second child.