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NO MATTER what problems you have, do not allow depression to ruin your life.

Pregnant women and those that have recently given birth often suffer from depression.

July is Mental Illness Awareness Month and SunHealth spoke to Shouqat Mugjenker, mental health portfolio manager for Pharma Dynamics.

“Depression and anxiety are the most common mental problems. Depression also affects new mothers in many ways. It can start between the few months before birth or a year after childbirth. It may be sudden or develop over time.

“Unfortunately postnatal depression is often missed as symptoms of the stress of pregnancy and giving birth.

“Many women are anxious within the first few weeks after giving birth. This is normal and is called ‘baby blues’. But if feelings of sadness and low mood lasts longer than two to three weeks, it might be a sign of postnatal depression,” he said.

Depression symptoms include a loss of interest in life, lack of energy, a lack of sleep, a sharp change in appetite, increased irritability, persistent feelings of sadness, guilt and hopelessness.”

According to the World Health Organisation, about 10% to 13% of women experience antenatal and postnatal depression globally. In most developing countries, 20% of mums are affected but in Mzansi the number is 40%!

If you experience any of these symptoms, speak to your local clinic or doctor or therapist.

For more info, visit or contact the toll-free helpline: 0800 205 026

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