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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Could I have postnatal depression relapse 2.5 years later?

    It's recently been suggested that I have had a relapse of post natal depression 2.5 years after my daughters birth? I'm off to see the mental health team this week but how does this just come back? I've been on anti-depressants for 5 years at different rates and now am so anxious I don't want to be near my children it's horrible :( how and why has this happened?
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  • Dr Erin Bowe

    Clinical Psychologist, Psychologist

    Dr Bowe works with children, adolescents and adults for a wide variety of issues including anxiety, depression, work and school/uni stress, self-esteem difficulties, relationship and … View Profile

    Absolutely. A recent study found that maternal depression is actually more common at four years following childbirth than at any other time in the first 12 months after birth. Depression by nature tends to rise and fall in cycles. It's often terrifying when the symptoms seem to be coming back, but the good news is that you've probably already got some good coping strategeis and just need a refresher. 

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