We have a son who is just coming up to 10 months old, is teething badly and getting a little frustrated as he is trying to stand up, and crawl more. On top of this my wife has been told by her work that she cannot come back for 3 days a week like she wanted to, they have told her it is a full time role and she would have to come back full time. We discussed this with each other and decided with the cost of child care, the cost of travelling (70 miles each day) and the fact that she would never see our son, it just wasn't worth it, so she has resigned (possible constructive dismissal but anyway!).
The problem is, she really loved her job and ever since resigning (about 6 weeks ago) she has been feeling really down. It wasn't helped by her work being rather nasty about it all.
My wife now breaks down in tears at almost anything, and tells me that she just worries about everything and feels like her head will just explode. She's constantly tired even though we are getting full nights sleep nowadays thankfully. I try to do as much as possible but with the best will in the world, I'm at work all day and she's stuck at home with our son, and she slowly feels like she's going insane. She does have friends with children so goes to see them at least once or twice a week, but she seems unwilling when I suggest joining other play/swim groups.
What's even more worrying is that she is starting to get frustrated when our son is grouchy and tired and won't go to sleep.
Could this be post natal depression? Should I convince her to see our doctor?
Many thanks for any advice!