Postnatal Depression

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.

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Symptoms

  • Trouble sleeping at night and feeling sleepy during the day
  • Feeling that you’re unable to look after your baby
  • Problems concentrating and making decisions
  • A persistent feeling of sadness and low mood
  • Loss of interest in the world around you
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feeling agitated
  • Feelings of guilt and self-blame
  • Difficulty bonding with your baby
  • Frightening thoughts – for example, about hurting your baby; these can be these can be scary, but they’re very rarely acted upon
  • Thinking about suicide and self-harm
  • These symptoms can affect your day-to-day life and your relationships with your baby, your family and friends

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Treatment available in NHS

  •  Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Medication
  • 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

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

Evidence

NICE approved rTMS as a safe and effective treatment for depression in December 2015 (NICE Guidelines, 2015). https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ipg542.

To arrange a free telephone consultation or to ask us questions about how rTMS therapy can help you, call us today on 01925 661721 or email us at info@experttms.co.uk

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