Postpartum depression is characterised by tearfulness, tiredness, feelings of helplessness and lack of self esteem or loss of libido. These feelings experienced in isolation are normal, but if felt simultaneously or for a prolonged period or time, it is important that you seek professional help.
You may need emotional support, professional counselling, medication or just simply help at home with your new baby. Do not suffer in silence - there is help available.
There is no single cause of depression. The mother’s hormones cannot be blamed as fathers may also suffer from post natal depression.
Postpartum depression is not the same condition as the “baby blues” which last only for a day or two.