Frequently Asked Questions
What does "perinatal" mean?
Perinatal means the period “all around” birth. It is most often used to refer to the period of time during pregnancy as well as postpartum, during the baby's first year.
Someone mentioned the term "baby blues" to me. Is that the same as postpartum depression?
Most new mothers – experts estimate about 80% — experience mood swings and weepiness during the first 2-3 weeks after giving birth. Sometimes called “the baby blues”, this is a normal adjustment period and resolves without any medical assistance. This is NOT the same as postpartum depression. PPD lasts much longer and is more severe. If you are still feeling "down" after 3 weeks, speak with your doctor, OB, or midwife.
I don't feel depressed but rather angry and irritable. Could this still be a PMAD?
Anger and irritability can be related to Postpartum Depression. There are also other disorders related to the postpartum period which include symptoms such as anxiety, rage, irritability, insomnia, feelings of being overwhelmed, lack of appetite, etc.
I think I need help. How do I start?
If you are reading this, you have already started the process and you are an amazing mom, friend, spouse, dad, etc. You know that something is off either with yourself or someone you care about. The best thing you can do is educate yourself on what is happening. Please look at the resources on this website and then make an appointment to speak with me if you are so inclined.
How long will I be in therapy?
I've heard counseling can be expensive. How can I afford it?
I want to be very clear on this issue. I will NOT let finances get in the way of anyone receiving the help they need. Plain and simple. There are enough barriers to getting well, cost will not be one of them.
Did You Know?
PMADs are the #1 complication of pregnancy
Approximately 15 - 20% of all pregnant and postpartum women may experience some form of PMAD
1 in 7 women experience a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder (Prenatal/Postpartum Depression, Prenatal/Postpartum Anxiety, Prenatal/Postpartum OCD, PTSD related to birth or postpartum trauma/infant health issues, & Postpartum Psychosis)
Symptoms can be experienced at any time during the first year postpartum (and if untreated, can continue well past that)
Risk factors can include preexisting mental health issues, perfectionistic tendencies, lack of support, difficult pregnancy or birth experience
PMADS can be treated with counseling, medication or a combination of both as well as holistic options
Medications do exist that are shown to have minimal risk during pregnancy or through lactation. Seeking prescribing providers with a background in perinatal mental health is helpful if you are considering medication.