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1 in 3 mums at risk from post natal depression.

Byline: By VICTORIA BONE

NEARLY one in three mothers are at risk from Post Natal Depression - nearly twice as many as previously thought, a study revealed yesterday.

Many hide stress that could turn into depression because of the stigma of PND.

The study found 29 per cent of mothers at risk, compared to previous studies which found about 15 per cent suffered from PND.

Many assumed they had short term "baby blues" but were actually suffering long term anxiety, according to a study of 300 mums by Glasgow Caledonian University.

Scientists believe mums will be more likely to admit to anxiety if it is given another name to remove the stigma.

Psychologist Dr Cynthia McVey said: "High levels of anxiety are common among women at risk of PND, without any signs of depression itself. That condition may merit its own distinct definition, Maternal Anxiety and Mood Imbalance or MAMI."

Dr McVey found 50 per cent of new mothers who felt anxious or depressed would refuse to go to their doctor about it.

She said: "Women's confusion about their emotional condition means professionals can only assist those who identify themselves as having problems."

victoria.bone@mgn.co.uk

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 31, 2006
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