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What is postnatal depression?

Postpartum or postnatal depression can also occur after birth, but involves symptoms of depression that are more severe and can last much longer than the baby blues. The symptoms of postnatal depression are similar to those during pregnancy and: can be serious and very distressing; may interfere with the developing relationship between a mother and her baby; may include anxieties or fears about the baby, and; may include thoughts of self-harm, suicide or harming the baby.

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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 27 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 18 May 2018
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Category: Bipolar disorder

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