"Don't look at it as just post natal depression, it can be devastating"

"Don't look at it as just post natal depression, it can be devastating"

Published by Grace Mcgachy
3:56pm 11th September 2019. (Updated at 7:14am 12th September 2019)

It's something so many mums go through in West Norfolk but we don't really talk about.

Today as part KLFM's special week long feature we're focusing on maternal mental health. 

Rebecca Fisher was diagnosed with PTSD and postnatal depression after the birth of her second child. 

mental health maternal rebecca fisher

"I had an emergency C-section and my mental health really went downhill.

I didn't realise it was so bad straight afterwards, I was still in shock for a little while.

Then I had to go back to the hospital to be signed off by the midwife and I ended up having a panic attack.

Even just looking at a hospital or watching baby documentaries would cause Rebecca to have flashbacks and heart palpitations.

mental health maternal rebecca fisher

 

She struggled to come to terms with her diagnosis  of PTSD and PND at first: 

"It was quite hard for me to take in because to me PTSD is something that soldiers get when they've been to war or when a massive thing happens in your life and I thought well I've had a baby, surely that's nothing compared to what some people have seen? It was a difficult pill to swallow."

Postnatal depression is common, affecting more than 1 in every 10 women within a year of giving birth.

It can also affect fathers and partners.

 

Rebecca thinks it's something we should all talk openly about: 

"10 years ago it was a private matter and you didn't really talk about it.

It's just so much better to talk about it, the more you talk about it the more it's out there.

I mean it's not a little thing, is it?

It can be one little issue but then some women can get it and it can be devastating." 

Postnatal depression is often misunderstood and there are many myths surrounding it.

  • postnatal depression is less severe than other types of depression – in fact, it's as serious as other types of depression
  • postnatal depression is entirely caused by hormonal changes – it's actually caused by many different factors
  • postnatal depression will soon pass – unlike the "baby blues", postnatal depression can persist for months if left untreated and in a minority of cases it can become a long-term problem.
  • postnatal depression only affects women – research has actually found that up to 1 in 10 new fathers become depressed after having a baby
baby hand

 

Support: 

  • If you think you may be suffering from PND talk to your GP or health visitor 
  • West Norfolk mums looking for support from other mothers can join the King's Lynn Mum Chums Facebook group which offers non-judgemental, local, informal help 

If you've been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, you can find who to reach out for help here.

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