Postnatal depression can affect
women in different ways.
It can start at any point in the first year after giving birth and may develop suddenly or gradually. Many women feel a bit down, tearful or anxious in the first week after giving birth. This is often called the “baby blues” and is so common that it’s considered normal and doesn’t last for more than 2 weeks after giving birth.
If your symptoms last longer or start later, you could have postnatal depression.
Treatment available in NHS
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Peer support groups
Often antidepressants are not the best option while breastfeeding as there is a risk that they pass to the baby. There can also be unpleasant side effects, such as feeling detached or sleepiness and mums struggle to bond and care for a baby.
rTMS may be a suitable treatment for postnatal depression, particularly while breast-feeding as it is a safe, medication free treatment.
The treatment protocol as outlined by NICE is typically 2-6 weeks. At Expert Tms we have convenient protocols which allow for multiple treatments per day at the patient’s discretion and flexibilty to suit your child care needs. Patients will be assessed over the course of treatment to monitor the effect. The actual length of the treatment will vary dependent on the improvement in mood and level of fuctioning
NICE approved rTMS as a safe and effective treatment for depression in December 2015 (NICE Guidelines, 2015). https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ipg542.
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