Definition of postnatal depression in English:

postnatal depression


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

    • ‘Of these, around 200 will suffer from severe post-natal depression or the even more serious puerperal psychosis.’
    • ‘But I have five children myself and I suffered with post-natal depression but I never thought once of killing them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The NHS pays for some treatments which are not readily available in the community, including inpatient eating disorders and post-natal depression.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Run entirely by volunteers, its clients include families new to the Swindon area, mums suffering post-natal depression and families struggling with problems.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 had also suffered from post-natal depression.’
    • ‘The mother-of-four had been admitted to the hospital suffering from severe post-natal depression.’
    • ‘Before this I suffered the most horrendous post-natal depression as the reality of my situation sank in.’
    • ‘She said she hated being pregnant and suffered mild post-natal depression.’
    • ‘For since my second son was born I have suffered from post-natal depression.’
    • ‘She gave up this dream after suffering from severe post-natal depression with her last child.’
    • ‘It was in fact post-natal depression she was suffering from.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Suddenly I was dead tired and suffering 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.’
    melancholy, misery, sadness, unhappiness, sorrow, woe, gloom, gloominess, dejection, downheartedness, despondency, dispiritedness, low spirits, heavy-heartedness, moroseness, discouragement, despair, desolation, dolefulness, moodiness, pessimism, hopelessness