As well as postnatal depression, a number of other mental health conditions can also develop after giving birth.
- anxiety disorders – including generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and panic disorder
- obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) – unwanted and unpleasant thoughts, images or urges that repeatedly enter a person’s mind, causing them anxiety and leading to repetitive behaviours
- postpartum psychosis – a combination of bipolar-like symptoms (feeling depressed one moment and very happy the next), delusions (believing things that are obviously untrue and illogical) and hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that aren’t really there).
Speak to your GP or health visitor if you think you may have developed an anxiety disorder or OCD.
Contact your GP immediately if you think that you or someone you know may have postpartum psychosis: it is a medical emergency.
Remember, if you think there’s a danger of immediate harm, call 999 and ask for an ambulance.