Suffering in silence. 70,000 reasons why help with postnatal depression has to be better – Give Me Strength UK – September 2011

Posted on October 18, 2011. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol, Obstetrics | Tags: |

Suffering in silence.  70,000 reasons why help with postnatal depression has to be better – Give Me Strength UK – September 2011

Press release 

“4Children calls for an end to the neglect of 35,000 mothers with untreated postnatal depression each year

A report from the national charity, 4Children, says a chronic lack of awareness of the symptoms of postnatal depression is leading to as many as 35,000 women suffering in silence from the condition each year with devastating effects on their families.
New figures, published today, show that a staggering half of women suffering from postnatal depression do not seek any professional treatment. Thousands more are not getting their postnatal depression treated quickly or effectively enough because of serious shortcomings in the system of screening and referral, an over-reliance on the use of antidepressants and because of a sense of stigma attached to admitting to experiencing the symptoms. 

The report – the first of three looking at ways of preventing family crisis as part of the charity’s Give Me Strength campaign – highlights the terrible toll that untreated maternal depression has on families leading to relationship difficulties and breakdown, pressure on older siblings to step in to look after babies and children living with the long term consequences of poor early bonding.

The report also reveals that many healthcare professionals – including GPs – need to do more to diagnose postnatal depression early and ensure mothers are being provided with appropriate and timely treatment.”  … continues

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