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2-3 months after the birth, your healthcare nurse will offer to carry out an interview with you about how you are feeling. For the interview, you will complete a questionnaire. Based on your answers, you and your healthcare nurse will assess together whether you need special support and are at risk of having a postnatal depression.

You can get help

If you have postnatal depression, you will be offered a visit by a specially trained healthcare nurse. Together, you will find out whether a group course at Sundhedsplejen is something for you, or whether you should be referred to other professionals.

What is postnatal depression?

There is a difference between a postnatal reaction (the “baby blues”) and postnatal depression. A postnatal reaction is experienced a few days after the birth and lasts from a few hours to a few days.

Symptoms of postnatal depression can include:

  • feeling depressed and sad, and quick to tears
  • lacking motivation and interest in your surroundings
  • having less energy and feeling exhausted
  • having trouble sleeping
  • lack of appetite or an increased appetite
  • finding it hard to concentrate and memory loss
  • lacking self-confidence and feeling a sense of guilt
  • blaming yourself
  • irritability and outbursts of anger
  • immersing yourself in work
  • fear of not being a good parent
  • fear of being alone, of going out, or of harming your child
  • suicidal thoughts.