What to do about postnatal depression


40 percent of women are affected by the so-called baby blues

Many women experience mood swings after birth. A distinction is made between the so-called "baby blues" and postnatal depression. According to senior physician Susanne Simen from the Nuremberg Clinic, about 40 percent of women are affected by baby blues. Approximately 10 percent to 15 percent actually suffer from postnatal depression. According to the specialist, there are good chances of curing these depressions: "Six weeks of treatment is usually sufficient."

Depression after birth often not recognized Postnatal depression often remains undetected. Siemen explains as follows: “A mother will do everything to ensure that she works for her child. And then it says: go! ”Many young mothers would be ashamed because, despite the newborn child, they are not as happy as expected, the senior physician continues. Apart from that, relatives and doctors would sometimes play down and appease the women concerned. This ignores the fact that exhaustion is only normal to a certain degree after birth.

Typical signs of postnatal depression include the usual signs of depression, lack of energy, irritability, a feeling of teaching and being unable to feel as well as hormonal fluctuations. Susanne Siemen reports: "Typical symptoms are waking up early, the mother then sits in her bed full of panic and fear of the future at five or six o'clock."

What to do about postnatal depression In any case, those affected should seek therapeutic help. In many cities there are facilities such as the “mother-child outpatient clinic for postpartum mentally ill mothers” at the LWL clinic in Dortmund, where those affected receive competent help. In addition to professional help, relatives and friends play an important role. If the young mother feels understood and supported by her social environment, this is an important contribution to recovery. In addition, natural healing methods can be used, which strengthen the psyche and the body. Bach flower therapy or Schüßler salts are examples. (ag)

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