What are Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders?
A wonderful Psychologist named Susan Benjamin Feingold, PsyD, said that PMAD is the ultimate challenge to find something meaningful from this illness and to find meaning in our lives.
PPSM's goal is to help the community feel empowered over this illness. To overcome the obstacles, the barriers, the shame and guilt. To speak up and bring awareness and understanding to PMADs so that all mothers, fathers, and families affected by this illness can get the help that they need and deserve.
Experts estimate about 80% of new mothers 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.
If you are are more than two weeks postpartum, and you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, you may be suffering from a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder. Read more here…
Take this test: Do you have a perinatal Mood or Anxiety Disorder?
Below is a list of symptoms that pertain to perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. If you are struggling, or are experiencing any of the symptoms below, please speak with your healthcare provider.
PMADs Risk Factor Checklist:
This is a great resource for women considering pregnancy or pregnant women. PMADs can be preventable prior to pregnancy and postpartum, especially if we know that a new mom is at risk. Please complete this checklist and take to your provider to discuss the results. Even if you check one box, this is a conversation that you should be having with your provider.
If you have questions completing this checklist, please feel free to call our helpline and a licensed mental health therapist can walk you through it as well.
Most new mothers – experts estimate about 80% undefined 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.
More than just the “Baby Blues”If you are are more than two weeks postpartum, and you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, you may be suffering from a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder. Please speak with your healthcare provider.
Symptoms left untreated can cause a mother to suffer many months or years after the birth of her child. Because of this fact, it is significant that you seek help. 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.
Women of every culture, age, income level and race can develop perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Symptoms can appear any time during pregnancy and the first 12 months after childbirth. There are effective and well-researched treatment options to help you recover. Although the term “postpartum depression” is most often used, there are actually several forms of illness that women may experience, including:
Pregnancy (also called antepartum) or Postpartum DepressionA woman with PPD might experience feelings of anger, sadness, irritability, guilt, lack of interest in the baby, changes in eating and sleeping habits, trouble concentrating, thoughts of hopelessness and sometimes even thoughts of harming the baby or herself. Learn more about PPD, including risk factors, symptoms and treatment options.
Pregnancy (also called antepartum) or Postpartum AnxietyA woman with PPA may experience extreme worries and fears, often over the health and safety of the baby. Some women have panic attacks and might feel shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, a feeling of losing control, and numbness and tingling. Learn more about PPA, including risk factors, symptoms and treatment options.
Pregnancy or Postpartum Obsessive-Compulsive DisorderWomen with PPOCD can have repetitive, upsetting and unwanted thoughts or mental images (obsessions), and sometimes they need to do certain things over and over (compulsions) to reduce the anxiety caused by those thoughts. These moms find these thoughts very scary and unusual and are very unlikely to ever act on them. Learn more about PPOCD, including risk factors, symptoms and treatment options.
Postpartum Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
PPTSD is often caused by a traumatic or frightening childbirth, and symptoms may include flashbacks of the trauma with feelings of anxiety and the need to avoid things related to that event. Learn more about PPTSD, including risk factors, symptoms and treatment options.
PPP sufferers sometimes see and hear voices or images that others can’t, called hallucinations. They may believe things that aren’t true and distrust those around them. They may also have periods of confusion and memory loss, and seem manic. This severe condition is dangerous so it is important to seek help immediately. Learn more about PPP, including risk factors, symptoms and treatment options.
This page taken from Postpartum Support International (PSI)