Definitions for "Postnatal depression"
A condition characterised by long-lasting and fairly severe depression after giving birth.
Postnatal depression can occur any time in the first year after having a baby and most commonly occurs within the first six months. Symptoms include feeling low and unhappy most of the time, acute anxiety, irritability, sleeplessness, tiredness and a loss of enjoyment or desire to do anything.These can be made worse by feelings of guilt about not being able to cope or look after the baby. Not to be confused with baby blues (see definition).
An episode of major depressive disorder occurring in the first 12 months after childbirth.