Postpartum Depression & Anxiety

Postpartum Depression & Anxiety

A happy time filled with excitement and joy – that’s what most of us envision when someone is having a baby. For many parents, this is not a reality.

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Depression or anxiety during or after pregnancy is an illness best described as a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder (PMAD) and is as real as any other medical condition, like a heart disease, cancer, a broken leg or diabetes. Without help there can be serious consequences.

Nearly 1 out of every 5 women — experience some form of PMAD during pregnancy or after having a baby.

And up to 10% of fathers experience paternal depression or anxiety.

PMAD encompasses mood and anxiety disorders from pregnancy until two years after a baby is born and includes depression, anxiety, psychosis, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

PMAD is the most common complication of childbirth. If it goes untreated, there can be serious complications for moms, babies and families including:

  • Disruption in mother-baby bonding
  • Interruption in the infant’s development
  • Family and relationship conflicts
  • In serious cases, can lead to suicide or infanticide
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