Singer Adele latest to speak out about PND
Post-natal depression affects 1 in every 10 women after birth, Adele talks about her experience
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Singer Adele has spoken out in a recent interview about her struggle with post-natal depression (PND) following the birth of her son, Angelo in 2012.
Adele told Vanity Fair magazine: “I didn’t talk to anyone about it. I was very reluctant... My boyfriend said I should talk to other women who were pregnant.”
She went on to say: “My knowledge of [postnatal depression] is that you don’t want to be with your child; you’re worried you might hurt your child; you’re worried you weren’t doing a good job. But I was obsessed with my child.”
“I felt very inadequate; I felt like I’d made the worst decision of my life... it can come in many different forms.”
Adele is not the only celebrity mum who has spoken out about the condition. Courtney Cox, Katie Price, Gwyneth Paltrow and Alanis Morissette, to name but a few have also opened up about their struggles with PND following giving birth.
It’s not surprising the number of people who have spoken out as according to the NHS, one in every 10 women suffers with the condition within a year after giving birth.
Symptoms of PND include:
• A persistent feeling of sadness and low mood
• Lack of enjoyment and loss of interest in the wider world
• Lack of energy and feeling tired all the time
• Trouble sleeping at night and feeling sleepy during the day
• Difficulty bonding with your baby
• Withdrawing from contact with other people
• Problems concentrating and making decisions
If you do feel you may be suffering from PND, the advice is clear, seek help. Speak to your GP or health visitor. Many health visitors have been trained to recognise postnatal depression and have techniques that can help. If they can't help, they'll know someone in your area who can.