So many mothers have mental health problems after having a baby, and even a long time after. But it isn’t taken seriously

Sleep deprivation. Paranoia. Panic attacks. Extreme mood swings. Social isolation. Depression. Anxiety. Neural damage. Cause for concern, surely?

But what if it’s as a result of becoming a new mother? In that context, is your opinion different? You know about motherhood beforehand, and it’s short term. Women can prepare for it, and it’s not that big a deal. Those who haven’t had children sometimes can’t see what the fuss is about. Some who have, and did not experience many problems, think those complaining about it should just pull their socks up. Everybody has a mother – how hard can it be?

Related: Postpartum psychosis: ‘I’m a thing possessed, an animal. I am nearly sectioned twice’

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Mental health is a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of a mental disorder; it is the "psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment".

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