Definition of postnatal depression in US English:

postnatal depression


  • Depression suffered by a mother following childbirth, typically arising from the combination of hormonal changes, psychological adjustment to motherhood, and fatigue; postpartum depression.

    • ‘Victoria, who suffered from post-natal depression, was not at ease with children - a feeling that had begun as a girl and lasted throughout her life.’
    • ‘She gave up this dream after suffering from severe post-natal depression with her last child.’
    • ‘If you're feeling tired, low or like you can't cope for weeks or months after the birth, you may be suffering from post-natal depression - see your GP or talk to your health visitor.’
    • ‘Run entirely by volunteers, its clients include families new to the Swindon area, mums suffering post-natal depression and families struggling with problems.’
    • ‘His partner, suffering from post-natal depression, had dropped the baby off with his mother because she could not cope any more.’
    • ‘Women who use the centre have experienced trauma ranging from domestic violence to sex abuse, eating disorders, schizophrenia and post-natal depression.’
    • ‘But I have five children myself and I suffered with post-natal depression but I never thought once of killing them.’
    • ‘She had also suffered from post-natal depression.’
    • ‘She said she hated being pregnant and suffered mild post-natal depression.’
    • ‘Before this I suffered the most horrendous post-natal depression as the reality of my situation sank in.’
    • ‘Suddenly I was dead tired and suffering from post-natal depression.’
    • ‘For since my second son was born I have suffered from post-natal depression.’
    • ‘Her lawyers claim the mother-of-five was suffering from post-partum psychosis, an extreme form of post-natal depression, when she carried out the killings in June of last year.’
    • ‘It was in fact post-natal depression she was suffering from.’
    • ‘The mother-of-four had been admitted to the hospital suffering from severe post-natal depression.’
    • ‘Of these, around 200 will suffer from severe post-natal depression or the even more serious puerperal psychosis.’
    • ‘One in ten new mums suffer from post-natal depression, but because of the stigma surrounding the condition, many decline to seek help and continue to suffer in silence.’
    • ‘The NHS pays for some treatments which are not readily available in the community, including inpatient eating disorders and post-natal depression.’
    • ‘‘And if they are suffering from post-natal depression, swimming with their baby will help get them back on a more even level,’ she said.’
    • ‘A past sufferer of post-natal depression wants other mothers experiencing the same condition to know there is light at the end of the tunnel.’
    melancholy, misery, sadness, unhappiness, sorrow, woe, gloom, gloominess, dejection, downheartedness, despondency, dispiritedness, low spirits, heavy-heartedness, moroseness, discouragement, despair, desolation, dolefulness, moodiness, pessimism, hopelessness
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