Can you get post natal depression years after child birth or would that not be post natal depression? What's the difference between post natal depression and other depressions or could it just be feeling miserable?
I'm not trying to make light of depression at all please don't think that I am in any way implying that depression is just feeling miserable.
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25-03-2016 15:26 #1
25-03-2016 16:13 #2Senior Member
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I think up to 4yrs postpartum is considered pnd
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25-03-2016 16:31 #3
PND develops up to 12 months post partum. If the onset was after this, it could be depression.
Beyond blue's website has heaps of information. https://www.beyondblue.org.au/
You could complete the Edinburgh scale, which would give you an indication of whether or not to seek further advice. It's a PND tool, but the basic premise is fairly transferrable as to whether you should seek help. It's on the beyond blue site.
If you've just been "feeling miserable" for some time, then that could be a sign for you to contact your GP to discuss.
I think it is important to note that people with depression often still experience happiness/laugh/smile/have a sense of humour etc. Sometimes people say they can't possibly be depressed because they are still smiling sometimes, etc.
Hope you are ok x
25-03-2016 16:36 #4
I have spoken to a GP briefly about it while i was there for something else he asked me to book a longer appointment but it's not until after Easter holidays that I could get it.
I'll look at beyond blue thanks
25-03-2016 16:58 #5
When dd was 2 i was told i had undiagnosed pnd. Looking back especially when i had my second child i could see i had it with dd from day one.
25-03-2016 16:59 #6
I will also mention i did the mental health check with my gp and got the 10 medicare sessions with a counselor
25-03-2016 18:21 #7
I've been diagnosed with PND, and diagnosed with clinical depression in the past. If you have any questions, I'm happy to answer.
They'll do a longer appointment so they can make an assessment and do up a mental health care plan if you need one.
Glad you're doing something about it.
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