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Symptom
(noun)
a physical or mental feature which is regarded as indicating a condition of disease, particularly such a feature that is apparent to the patient

We are sure you will agree that the definition of symptom is scary. We believe it should be "your bodies way of telling you something isn't right".  This is all it is, it is an alert to you so that you get the right help.  You have done nothing wrong and it will go away with the right help/support/management.

Below is a list of symptoms you may recognise
Remember that you may only have one of these symptoms, but you may also have many. Very few people will suffer from them all. 


An inability to concentrate


Feelings of anxiety


Extreme irritability with others and yourself


Sleep problems, you're either sleeping too much or too little


Eating problems, lack of appetite or compulsive eating


Feeling tired all the time


Inability to enjoy anything


Feelings of guilt



Constant sadness, crying more than usual or for no apparent reason


Agoraphobia, when you're scared to leave the house or be in social situations


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). This involves symptoms such as constantly checking switches or washing hands


Feeling pessimistic and bleak about the future


Finding it difficult to concentrate and make decisions


Having thoughts about death


Feeling indifferent to your baby



If you need immediate help please call The Samaritans on 116 123 or contact The Police on 999
Both from any phone, at any time.

Don't be scared of your symptoms
 ACT ON THEM
Only you can decide on the course you take to get better
If you feel you are suffering from one or some of the above it does not mean you have postnatal depression
but you should speak to someone to discuss how you are feeling. 
Here are some of the people available to you for help / guidance or information.



Other Support Groups
& Charities

Voluntary organisations
and charities
Primary Care


Your GP
You Antenatal care provider : midwife/obstetrician
Your health visitor
Specialist Services


Perinatal Mental Health Services
Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT) and Crisis Teams
Hospitals and Mother & Baby Units (MBUs)

Getting the right support at the right time is so important. If you reach out and don’t get heard the first time, keep trying, don’t give up.