What are perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD)?
Mood changes can occur during pregnancy or postpartum. Symptom can begin during pregnancy and anytime up to one year after birth. Typically, if the symptoms are present for two weeks or more, it may be more than the “baby blues”. PMADs affects 20% of perinatal women.
Common symptoms of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders:
- Having thoughts about the baby that scare you
- Scared you’re not developing the bond with your baby
- Out of control and letting the need to anticipate and prepare for every possible outcome take over your life.
- Disconnected from the “old parts” of your life like your partner and your friends.
- Like I’m a bad mother
- Like I’m never going to feel like myself again
- Like no one understands
- No patience
Feelings and thoughts of guilt, blame, or inadequacy often make people feel worse. You may even start to think you’re not being a good mother or partner.
Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are treatable. You are not to blame. You are not alone.
Having a good support system is crucial in getting through this time. I can help you develop perspective and skills to get you back to feeling like yourself and engaged in your family.
You may have heard about “baby blues” and that some mood changes are normal or to be expected. These changes are a normal part of the hormonal, physical, and emotional adjustments after pregnancy and childbirth. If it is lasting more than a couple of weeks, or these feelings come back anytime in the first year after delivery for more than two weeks, you should seek consultation right away.
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