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.
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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.
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
If anxiety, sadness, nervousness, scary or disturbing thoughts, etc. are making it difficult for you to fully experience the joys of motherhood, one of our HOPElines can connect you with resources to help you through this challenging time. Everyone…moms, dads, partners, parents, siblings, friends, physicians…are welcome! Toll-free and confidential. Calls returned within 1 business day.
IN MICHIGAN: Call 844.MOM.HOPE (844.666.4673)
IN IOWA: Call 844.PMD.HOPE (844.763.4673)
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