How can I help someone with post natal depression? And how long of a period does it last?
If you know if someone with post natal depression , you should bring her or encourage her to see her Gynae or a medical professional about this as early as possible. Post natal depression is actually very common and hits 10-15% of women. KKH has a post natal depression intervention program which they will do screening and then provide counseling and phone follow up intervention. http://www.kkh.com.sg/AboutUs/ClinicalOutcomes/Pages/PostnatalDepressionInterventionProgramme.aspx They cater for non KKH mothers too. Besides this you can try to lend a listening ear to the mommy and communicate to her more for positivity. Also try to see if you can help her lessen her load, it could be she is overwhelmed by the new baby and needs time to adapt to the new life. Post natal depression can occur within the first three to six months after delivery. It is quite common for mommies to feel some blues after delivery as the hormones in us are trying to find a new balance after delivery. But for some mommies the symptoms may be more serious that they get depression. Whether it is blues or depression, highly recommended that she gets professional help.Read more
There is no specific period, best thing to do when being a caregiver for someone in such a mental state. Provide lots of support, emotionally, mentally and physically. Never under estimate what they are going through. Love and patience will also help the person. It is not easy being a care giver. As a care giver do not forget to care for your own well being. With support of family and friends it will get better, slowly but surely.Read more