If you have, or suspect you have, postnatal depression, the most important thing to remember is you’re not alone and that you’re going to be OK.
As well as seeking help from your GP, or health visitor and support from friends, relatives, Twitter, Facebook, support groups and specialist charities, here’s a little bit of help for you at home.
Here is a quote from Rose Wren, someone who fights postnatal depression just like you. Print it out and stick it on the fridge so that every time you’re feeling down you can remind yourself that you WILL get better. Tuck it away in your purse for times when you’re out and about and need a little lift. Pop it in the glove box in the car for those moments when you’re gripping the steering wheel that little bit too tight. Keep it under your pillow for when the dark makes you feel low. As Rose says: You can get your life back. Sometimes, though, you just need a little reminder.
Where to next?
The Edinburgh Test – how to diagnose your PND
PND and breastfeeding – is it the right choice for you?