Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADS)
Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are the #1 medical complication of childbirth.
Pregnancy or the birth of a child can impact your mood, relationship with your partner, and attachment with your baby. Up to 80% of new moms (4 in 5 moms) experience a brief episode of the Baby Blues. These symptoms often emerge within days after delivery and resolve within two weeks without professional treatment.
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
For 1 in 7 moms, significant emotional distress persists and is accompanied by changes in thinking, loss of interest in the baby or typically enjoyed activities, physical symptoms, or even thoughts of harming oneself or the baby. For up to 20% of new moms, their experience is better characterized as a Perinatal Mood/Anxiety Disorder (PMADs). Postpartum depression is only one of several PMADs, including: Perinatal Anxiety or Panic Disorder; Perinatal Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Perinatal Traumatic Stress Disorder; Perinatal Bipolar Disorders; and Perinatal Psychosis.
If you are experiencing a Perinatal Mood or Anxiety Disorder. Please know that you are not alone, and you are not to blame. With the right kind of help, you will begin to feel better.
Maybe you're pregnant, or you've just welcomed your baby into the world, and you don't feel quite how you thought you might. Perhaps you're feeling anxious, sad or depressed, or having scary thoughts. Are these normal perinatal changes or postpartum adjustment? Baby Blues? Postpartum Depression?
No matter the reason for your distress, it is both temporary and very treatable. Seeking help from a professional is the first step. I'm so glad you're here.