What are Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders?

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD) are a set of disorders that can occur anytime during pregnancy and in the first  year postpartum. They include depression, anxiety, panic, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Postpartum Psychosis. 15-20% of women will develop one of these complications during pregnancy or after childbirth. Over 800,000 cases are reported in the US each year, making PMAD the most common maternal health complication. 

Symptoms can include:

  • frequent crying
  • sleep disturbances
  • appetite changes
  • feelings of loneliness, sadness, helplessness
  • frequent mood swings
  • repetitive, sometimes scary thoughts that won't go away
  • anger, frustration, irritability
  • difficulty bonding with the baby
  • anxiety, panic, excessive worry
  • feelings of being trapped
  • fear of being left alone with baby
  • sense of doom
  • lack of interest in life
  • feeling sluggish, fatigued, exhausted
  • feeling overwhelmed
  • feeling speeded up or wired
  • thoughts of hurting yourself or those around you

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, rest assured, you are not alone, this is not your fault, and with support, you will get better. Please contact me so we can get to the bottom of how you are feeling and partner together on your journey to wellness.