Kate Middleton Surrounds Herself With Experts In Her Desire To Better Understand Pregnant Women And Mental Health

Date January 26, 2018 11:28

Earlier this year, the British Journal of Psychiatry published a study conducted by King’s College London stating that a quarter out of a hundred pregnant women experience mental health issues.

Postpartum depression, a mental condition has piqued the interest of this particular royal, Kate Middleton.

The Duchess of Cambridge is concerned about this malady.

With her third baby on the way, the Duchess of Cambridge has raised her focus on this important issue affecting pregnant women today.

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To show how interested she is, the expectant 36-year-old royal who is due for delivery in April, recently visited the Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute at King's College London.

Postpartum depression: a quick background

With symptoms almost similar to postpartum baby blues, postpartum depression extends well beyond two weeks, up to 6 months after birth.

Mood swings, depressed mood, excessive crying, struggling to bond with her newborn baby, insomnia, eating disorders, panic attacks and even thoughts of suicide are among the symptoms a mother suffering from postpartum depression may experience.

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A sharp drop in hormones as well as sleep deprivation or the feeling of being overwhelmed shortly after childbirth, often constitute the causes of postpartum depression.

It is important the affected mother or a relative schedule an appointment with a doctor for treatment considerations. Else, if left untreated, it can persist for a long, long time.

Planned sessions with a therapist (psychiatrist or psychologist) and antidepressant medications are sufficient for an effective treatment plan and may still be recommended till well after the mother feels better.

Kate Middleton visits Neuroscience Institute

Donned in a floral dress by maternity designer, Séraphine, atop a baby blue coat from the same designer, Kate made a visit to the Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute at King's College London.

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The visit was part of her desire to gain enlightened awareness on the problem as well as knowledge of ongoing researches as it concerns maternal mental health.

As she was being briefed about one of such researches - an experimental therapy that uses an avatar to help people with schizophrenia cope with hearing loss, the Duchess joked: in the movie Avatar.

Kate was told, however, that it was not a character in the Hollywood, James Cameron film during the lighthearted moment. Kate also learned about the Institute’s work on new treatments to help patients affected by Alzheimer's disease as well as Parkinson's disease.

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Professor Louise Howard, a women mental health teacher, while speaking on the visit of the Duchess said:

She was interested in understanding the whole breadth of the issues and how to make people more robust.

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Contrary to what many might think of the status of the Duchess of Cambridge, she isn’t just sitting pretty in Kensington palace being attended to by her retinue of staff. Rather, she is collaborating with various bodies and organizations to help facilitate robust health in new moms amongst other duties.

The royal family will continue to inspire us with their genuine interest in humanity.

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