Mental health problems during pregnancy and after are fairly common. According to Postpartum Support International, it is estimated that 15-20% of women experience more significant symptoms of depression or anxiety during or after birth. These symptoms can appear anytime during the first 12 months after childbirth. There are several types of perinatal mood disorders. The most widely talked about one is postpartum depression. However other perinatal mood disorders include anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and postpartum psychosis (please seek help immediately if you suspect postpartum psychosis).
I am a member of Postpartum Support International and have been trained in perinatal mood disorders by both Postpartum Support International and The Postpartum Support Stress Center. I am currently taking on clients who believe they are struggling with any of the following. Please contact me to set up an appointment.
Postpartum Depression: usually includes experiencing feelings such as anger, guilt, irritability, disinterest in the baby, changes in eating or sleeping. It can also include thoughts hopelessness.
Postpartum Anxiety: often includes extreme fears and worry. This is usually over the health or safety of the baby.
Pregnancy or Postpartum OCD: Women struggling with PPOCD have repetitive, upsetting and unwanted thoughts or mental images (obessions). To eleviate the thought or reduce anxiety, one usually engages in doing things over and over (compulsion). Moms often find these thoughts scary.
Postpartum Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: is usually caused by a traumatic or frightening childbirth or past trauma.
Resources for Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders: