Prenatal / Postnatal Depression
Having a baby is such a source of happiness but, it is also quite normal for some women to go through a brief period where she feels emotional and tearful (baby blues). This can however, develop into a deeper and longer-term depression called prenatal (antenatal) or postnatal (postpartum) depression.
At least one in ten new and expecting mothers goes through prenatal (antenatal) or postnatal (postpartum) depression; it can come on gradually or suddenly, be mild or hard hitting. Far too often new mothers are afraid to speak to someone, struggling in silence. These postnatal depression symptoms can be resolved but are likely to become more serious if not addressed so please seek treatment at the earliest signs of postpartum depression.
Our treatment approach for prenatal & postnatal depression
There are two types of treatment available for prenatal (antenatal) or postnatal (postpartum) depression: talking therapies and medication. Counselling and psychotherapy offer the opportunity to look at the underlying factors that have contributed to your depression, as well as helping you to change the way you feel and CBT can provide practical strategies for dealing with specific problems you are facing.Complimentary therapies such as relaxation, meditation, massage and yoga can also support your postnatal depression talking therapies.
Medication can be effective if your prenatal (antenatal) or postnatal (postpartum) depression is severe or goes on for a long time. It may help you to feel less anxious and cope better with day to day life. However, some medication is known to effect infants if you are breastfeeding so it is important to discuss this with your doctor.
Prenatal & Postnatal depression treatment tailored to you
Our prenatal (antenatal) or postnatal (postpartum) depression treatments here at Nightingale Hospital London can be as an outpatient, day patient or inpatient. We have the expertise to approach the support and treatment we offer you through your postnatal depression in a personal and flexible way to benefit you the most in your recovery.
Prenatal & Postnatal depression specialists
Nightingale Hospital London has a number of Consultant Psychiatrists and Therapists that can help you through your postnatal depression. It is vital you find a postnatal depression specialist that you can trust and work with on your recovery. If you cannot find the information you need on postnatal depression specialists and postnatal depression treatment programmes we would welcome your call so you feel secure in the decisions you make.
Please contact us confidentially on 020 7535 7700, 24 hours a day or enquire online