You are not alone.
1 in 7 women experience a mood or anxiety disorder during pregnancy
or in the postpartum period.
You are not to blame.
You did not cause this. There is a strong biological component to how you are feeling.
You will get better!
Treatment is available in your area.
"My baby was sleeping. My partner was sleeping. I was sobbing."
Many women experience shifts in their emotions during their pregnancy and after childbirth. These range from mild to severe and, together, are called perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD's). PMAD's are caused by:
These mood disorders are commonly known as pregnancy anxiety, postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety and the like. The most common types are explained below. It is important to know that this is not your fault and with help, you will get better.
60-80% of new moms will have the baby blues, or mild depression mixed with happier feelings. This "emotional roller coaster" usually begins 2-3 days postpartum and may include:
The baby blues last no more than 2 weeks.
10-20% of women will experience depression in pregnancy, 50-80% with previous Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorder (PMAD) and/or after childbirth. Symptoms include those in the baby blues, plus:
Up to 6% of pregnant and 10% of postpartum women will experience an anxiety disorder. These include:
Pregnancy/Postpartum panic disorder with symptoms like:
Pregnancy/Postpartum obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), with symptoms like:
Postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), after childbirth, with symptoms like:
1-2 of every 1,000 women will experience sudden psychotic symptoms, usually within the first two weeks. This requires immediate hospitalization to protect the mother and baby. Symptoms include:
Some of these symptoms can also show signs in paternal PMAD's. Please be sure to also visit our resource page for Fathers/Partners.
Help is available for PMAD's and with help, you will be well. The most common treatment methods include:
The best treatment is usually a combination of these.
If you are experiencing mood disorders including postpartum depression, the following things can help:
Take the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale that can help you understand your current state.
If your symptoms worsen or interfere with your daily life, please contact us. Volunteers who have "been there" are ready to offer support and resources.
Please call the PSI HELPLINE @ 800-944-4773 (available 24 hrs)
Remember, "You are not alone"