Mental health stigma ‘masks’ antenatal disclosure

bigstock-pregnant-african-american-woma-42138850-2A survey of pregnant women by parenting website BabyCentre found that almost a third (30%)  said they frequently experience five or more key indicators of antenatal depression – such as feeling anxious for no reason, losing interest in day-to-day activities and feeling so unhappy they cry.

Over four in ten (42%) don’t talk to a healthcare professional about their symptoms, with the top three reasons for not doing so being that they feel guilty (reported by 74%), embarrassed about these feelings (62%), or fear they will be judged by the people around them (58%). 44% admitted that they didn’t seek help because they don’t want to be labelled mentally ill.
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