Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders

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Mental health problems during pregnancy and after are fairly common. According to Postpartum Support International, 1 in 7 Moms and 1 in 10 Dads suffer from postpartum depression.

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.

You try to keep it together. No one really knows how hard this transition has been for you.  Not feeling like yourself during pregnancy or postpartum is common. 

You might need some help if you have any of the feelings below:

-Feeling down or sad

-Feeling exhausted but not wanting to sleep or trouble sleeping

-You might feel irritable

-You might have trouble connecting to the baby

-You and your partner might be having conflict

-You might be experiencing thoughts or images that scary you (intrusive thoughts)

-You might be having racing thoughts

-You might be experiencing anxiety or panic

If these things are happening, you could be struggling with some form of prenatal or postpartum depression.

This is treatable and can get better.  You do not need to suffer.

We can work together to get you feeling better, happier and calmer.  

Resources for Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders:

Postpartum Support International

Postpartum Stress Center

Postpartum Progress

Suicide Prevention Center

Parenting Young Kids

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw

Parenting young kids is hard, there is no way around it.  If you are finding yourself stressed or overwhelmed with parenting or life or both, support can be really helpful.  I work with parents who would like to work not only on creating a more fun environment for their kids but want to work on their own reactions to their kid’s behaviors.