How can you help someone suffering from post-natal depression?

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Last Updated: 02/11/2019 at 6:26am
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Anonymous
November 4th, 2014 3:46am
Be there for them. Listen to them, be understanding, and remind them that professional help is there for them if they need it. Post-natal depression is very common and shouldn't go unattended.
elizabethdarling
November 10th, 2014 2:49am
In my personal opinion, I believe the best way in which you can assist them is by simply supporting them and listening. Allowing them to let out their emotions, feelings and anxiety helps tons.
strawberryLove19
November 17th, 2014 4:18am
supporting them, you cant change what has happen but be there to show them there is a reason behind the maddness, let them open up to you dont push the subject but just be there and show you care , it hurts very badly but encourage them that it will get better and you will see them again
Anonymous
December 3rd, 2014 4:27pm
A person suffering from post-natal depression can only be helped by family support, professional counselors and therapists. Support groups for people suffering from post-natal depression are known to be very helpful.
crlody
December 8th, 2014 3:40am
you can refer them to a therapist or psychiatrist who specializes in that area. Consider being a support system not only for them for for their partner, who may be stressed by the situation. Read books on the subject and enlist the support of others as much as you can.
Erynn
December 14th, 2014 9:44pm
Being a kind, patient, and gentle listening ear can always be helpful, as can helping them access therapy or other professional support. In addition, the morer esearch you can do on post-natal depression (what it's like, what is is caused by, what thoughts and feelings are associated with it, and how it can be treated and managed) can help greatly.
dotty
December 24th, 2014 7:51pm
a new mom... talk to her, share your experience, bring scientific info to help her understand why she is going through that. babysit if you can! when the newborn comes, you start to value every minute of sleep (or just being with yourself).
Anonymous
January 1st, 2015 3:06pm
Any kind of depression requires patience and understanding. Post-natal depression can be particularly difficult, it's important to offer support and, where applicable, help with other household tasks whilst the mother aims to bond with her new baby.
Millichidulinas
July 12th, 2016 12:07pm
You have to trust each other and tell her/gim that you want to help and listen. Try to be empathic the best you can.
Margie7
February 11th, 2019 6:26am
Tell them I’m here to listen and support them in anyway. Let them know i have been there before. I will try my best to be supportive in anyway to help them through this difficult time.. let them know there are many resources available on 7cups she could find helpful. But i would also let her know i am here for her and she can count on me. It certainly can be a hard time after having a baby. I’ve had 5 and and had suffered after a couple of them. It can be tough. It helps to have someone to talk to