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There often isn’t a single cause for postnatal depression. It can happen to anyone and isn’t something you can help. There are certain things that can make it more likely though. These include having previous mental health problems. For more information, see our section: Causes of postnatal depression.
There are lots of options available to help with postnatal depression. These include talking therapies and antidepressant medicines. You might have both together or one on its own. Your doctor will help you to decide what’s right for you. For more information, see our treatment section.
Men can develop depression or anxiety after their partner has given birth. This can be due to extra responsibilities, financial pressures and lack of sleep. There may be changes in your relationship with your partner. It’s important for yourself, your partner and your baby that you get the support and help you need.
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