When should I ask for help?

If you can relate to any of the symptoms listed on our ‘What are the symptoms’ page, and have felt like this for most of the time for the past two weeks or longer, it is possible that you are suffering from some form of depression.

 

If this has occurred within a few weeks or months of having a baby, then it is quite likely that you have some form of postnatal depression. 

If you have postnatal depression it is important that you recognise this and seek help. People often don’t recognise postnatal depression. It happens at a time of great change, and new mothers often don’t know what is normal, or what to expect. The problem can creep on slowly, and often mothers think they are just not coping, rather than recognising that they are suffering from postnatal depression. Also, many women with postnatal depression feel ashamed or embarrassed, and hide their symptoms from others. The earlier you recognize that you have postnatal depression the better, as there are effective treatments and also steps you can take to help yourself. Remember, postnatal depression is very common, and probably affects at least one in ten women. So please do talk to your family, your health visitor or doctor and ask for help. You can contact us at Cocoon Family Support, for more information, support and advice. If you are struggling to approach your doctor, health visitor or family member, we can help and give you support and advice on how to approach the conversation.