Postnatal or postpartum depression (PPD) is a mental health condition that may develop shortly after giving birth. Postnatal depression can leave new mothers feeling overwhelmed, isolated, and unable to cope with the demands of motherhood. It can cause persistent feelings of sadness, fatigue, changes in appetite, sleep disturbances, and a noticeable disinterest in the world around them. It’s estimated that between 6.5% and 20% of new mothers experience postnatal depression, with the first symptoms typically appearing within six weeks of giving birth.
While many women, up to 80%, might experience the baby blues during the first few weeks after giving birth, this is largely due to hormonal changes that normalise over the course of two weeks. Postnatal depression, on the other hand, is caused by the interplay between several factors and can last for several months. Left untreated, it has the potential to morph into an ongoing depressive disorder.
Gladstones Clinic acknowledges the intricacies and challenges of dealing with postpartum depression. We understand that a four-week residential rehab stay might be challenging for a family with a newborn and have created tailored programmes that provide targeted and tailored therapy based on your needs and your family responsibilities.
Overcome postnatal depression and reclaim your happiness and quality of life. Take the first step with Gladstones Clinic for expert care, personalised treatment and lasting recovery.