May is Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Awareness Month in Michigan

By: Pine Rest Staff

During Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD) Awareness Month, Michigan residents are being urged to learn more about PMAD and available resources by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Historically known as postpartum depression, PMADs affect over 21,000 Michigan families each year. PMAD is different and more intense than the “baby blues” that many women experience in the weeks after birth of a baby. PMAD includes depression, anxiety, psychosis, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Over 21,000 Michigan families are affected by perinatal mood and anxiety disorders each year.

Symptoms can feel overwhelming and include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Guilt
  • Irritability
  • Anger
  • Difficulty sleeping and eating
  • Feeling disconnected from one’s baby
  • Experiencing frightening and intrusive thoughts

These symptoms can appear during pregnancy and up to two years after a baby is born. PMAD can affect birth mothers, fathers and adoptive mothers. Just as every person is unique, each person may experience this illness in her or his own way. Symptoms will vary from person to person, but may include tearfulness, anxiety, sadness, depression, irritability, feelings of panic, insomnia, loss of appetite, and obsessive thoughts. The best way to combat this illness is to educate the community, raise awareness, and provide screening to identify those who may be at a higher risk.

“PMAD affects the physical health and emotional well-being of pregnant and postpartum women,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health. “We must join together to increase awareness, reduce stigma and assist women with getting the support and treatment they need.”

To help increase understanding of the disorders, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed May as PMAD Awareness Month.

For more information about PMAD and available resources, visit:

Understanding PMAD, our online brochure, or read more about PMADs on our blog.

How Pine Rest Can Help with PMAD

Pine Rest provides treatment for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and paternal depression at all levels of care!

Outpatient Services | 866.852.4001

  • Individual therapy in a clinic or through teletherapy
  • Group therapy
  • Support groups

Psychiatric Urgent Care | 616.455.9200

  • Same-day psychiatric evaluation & treatment
  • Open daily
  • Walk-ins welcome or call for telehealth appointment

Mother and Baby Intensive Day Program | 616.455.9200

  • Short-term daily treatment
  • Welcoming environment
  • Women may bring infant (up to 6 months) to treatment; on-site nursery

Inpatient Hospitalization | 616.455.9200

  • Short-term hospitalization
  • Safe and secure environment designed for individuals experiencing significant behavioral health issues

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