Post-natal depression

How is PND treated?

Medication, psychotherapy, and individual or group support can all help to treat Post Natal Depression.

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Between 10% and 40% of women develop Postnatal Depression (PND). If one takes the lowest figure of 10%, there are at least 50 000 new cases of PND per year in South Africa.

What causes PND?

There is no single cause of Post Natal Depression. A combination of factors can contribute to the condition.


What helps when you feel depressed? The Post Natal Depression Support Association offers the following advice.

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Michael Simpson has been a senior psychiatric academic, researcher, and Professor in several countries, having worked at London University in the UK; McMaster University in Canada; Temple University in Philadelphia, USA.; and the University of Natal in South Africa.

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