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Partners of post natal depression sufferers

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huskygirl · 09/04/2008 16:26

I dont think there is enough support for the partners of pnd sufferers. Is there anyone who thinks this too? i've been supporting my wife for 8 months now, and would like to hear from people in the same position as me. (i'm using her nickname by the way!) thanks

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huskygirl · 09/04/2008 16:44


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jabuti · 11/04/2008 04:40

hi there,

how is she getting on? how are you getting one? also, is she ok with you using her nickname, it seems a bit confusing.

PaninoPan · 12/04/2008 12:54

v. difficult. Dd's mum suffered terribly with pnd, and for quite some time ( though ~I don't recall for how long exactly - 8 years ago). You've not said how it manifests itself, and I am assuming you are demonstrating the required patience, empathy and practical supports. It will pass but the experience of it, and for how long, will in part be determined by the things you do and say. She may be confused as to her 'entitlement' to feel totally knackered and be unsure as to what degree is to do with the demands of motherhood, and how much is a 'state of mind'.
Is she on anti-ds? Did she have an experience of depression prior to child birth?
It's also prety important that others around her are supportive ( other than you obv.) and she isn't expected to be the glowing mum when she just feels like shit on some days.

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