Maternal Mental Health


If you feel you may have some signs or symptoms of postnatal depression your GP will be able to support you by:

  • Asking a series of simple questions to confirm diagnosis
  • Performing blood tests to eliminate other possible causes of your symptoms (such as low iron levels)
  • Providing a non-judgemental listening ear. It is important to be honest with your GP so a clear diagnosis can be made. You may wish to make a double appointment to ensure you are not rushed
  • Providing signposting or a referral to appropriate treatments, such as self-help and advice or cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Exploring the options to prescribe medication and to offer regular medication reviews
  • Offering support through subsequent pregnancies
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