Postnatal Depression And Work
Postnatal Depression At Work
By Jodie Hill
Having struggled with postnatal depression that was undetected and subsequently turned into clinical depression, I consequently had a huge breakdown in the middle of an office, which at the time was extremely embarrassing.
One in six women experience this after giving birth, but three-quarter of women suffer in silence. This often remains undiagnosed with only one in four cases diagnosed and treated, scientists believe that a rapid drop in hormone levels can trigger a chemical imbalance in the brain. I had never suffered with a mental health illness before and had no idea that my mind was ill and that I had depression. I just thought life was tough because I was adapting to being a new mum.
Early intervention is key in helping with recovery, but unfortunately I was extremely ill and I had to be out of the business for several months. I often think, if the company I worked for had Mental Health First Aiders, my manager had been trained to spot signs of Mental Health, options to attend Mental Health lunch and learns and if they had publicised the EAP, I may have been able to get help sooner. My recovery felt like a very long process and I deteriorated rapidly not going to work as I had no focus, nothing to get up for and I felt even more useless and worthless. I cannot stress enough the importance of educating employees and employers on Mental Health “spot the signs” people can get the treatment they need as soon as possible to make a full recovery. I am pleased to say it’s been 8 year since my depression and I have made a full recovery. More importantly, I can now recognise the signs and know exactly what to do to treat them.
Jodie Hill’s Top Tips
1. If you are suffering from Postnatal depression, tell your employer – communication is key
2. Try to agree some reasonable adjustments to your role – this could be phased return or flexible working hours or even allowing you to work from home
3. Be kind to yourself – self care is so important take some you time. This isn’t your fault and you will start to feel better soon.
Disclaimer: The above does not amount to medical or legal advice and you should seek the appropriate independent advice if you think you or another maybe suffering from postnatal depression.
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