· Facts about Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD):
- Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders is an umbrella term used to describe mood disorders during pregnancy or postpartum period.
- 15- 20% of Woman experience some degree of PMAD.
- Symptoms can include anxiety, depression/sadness, feeling numb, anger/rage, lack of interest in things once found enjoyable, changes in eating or sleeping, feelings of guilt, feelings of hopelessness, trouble concentrating, panic attacks, intrusive "scary" thoughts, worry, fears of going crazy, fears for babies health, or thoughts of hurting self or baby.
- PMAD affects woman of every culture, age, income level and race.
- · Symptoms can develop any time before and after 12 months for up to 3 years Postpartum.
- · Symptoms often will not improve on their own or with time: therapeutic intervention are key to feeling better.
- Symptoms of depression and anxiety can hinder attachment, affect relationships with partner and others, and greatly decreases sense of wellbeing.
- Therapy WORKS. You are not alone. Therapy can help.
If you don't feel like yourself during pregnancy and postpartum period, therapy can help!