Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders
Pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting bring dramatic changes to your life and your emotional health. While it can be an exciting and joyful time, the changes that accompany the perinatal period can also leave you feeling sad, guilty, overwhelmed, irritable, or unable to relax and enjoy your developing relationship with your baby and family.
(National Perinatal Association)
• Are you feeling sad or depressed?
• Do you feel more irritable or angry with those around you?
• Are you having difficulty bonding with your baby?
• Do you feel anxious or panicky?
• Are you having problems with eating or sleeping?
• Are you having upsetting thoughts that you can’t get out of your mind?
• Do you feel as if you are “out of control” or “going crazy”?
• Are you questioning why you became a parent?
• Are you worried that you might hurt your baby or yourself?
Any of these symptoms, and many more, could indicate that you have a form of perinatal mood or anxiety disorder, such as postpartum depression. While many women experience some mild mood changes during or after the birth of a child, 15 to 20% of women experience more significant symptoms of depression or anxiety. These symptoms can also occur in adoptive parents and the spouse of the birthing mother. Please know that with informed care you can prevent a worsening of these symptoms and can fully recover. There is no reason to continue to suffer.