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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    When does postnatal depression occur after childbirth?

    So affected women experience depresion immediately after childbirth? After a few days/weeks?
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  • beyondblue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related disorders in Australia.beyondblue is a bipartisan initiative of … View Profile

    Technically, postnatal depression is defined as the period from one month following birth up to 12 months following birth - although it can go beyond that time if untreated. Postnatal depression is different fro the “baby blues” which can occur in up to 80% or more of women and is when women may feel very teary and emotional. This is short lasting (hours/a day) and passes on it's own.

  • Post natal depression can be diagnosed from one month after birth up until  2 years post birth- however this is an arbitory cut off time as untreated depression my linger on past the 2 year mark and may have had its origins during the perinatal period.

  • Women's Health Queensland Wide provides free health information for Queensland women. View Profile


    Each year, tens of thousands of Australians are affected by depression during pregnancy or following childbirth. Such conditions not only impact on the lives of women themselves but also on all those close to them. Please click on the link to our Antenatal and Postnatal depression booklet and other resources.

    http://www.womhealth.org.au/factsheets/pnd.htm
    Brenda
    Women’s Health Educator
    Health Information Line, Women’s Health Queensland Wide

    Women living in Queensland can also call our Health Information Line - a free information and referral service for Queensland women - on 3839 9988 or 1800 017 676 (toll free outside Brisbane).

    Please note that all health information provided by Women’s Health Queensland Wide is subject to this disclaimer

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