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Perinatal Depression & Anxiety

 

Ask Yourself These Questions
  • Are you feeling sad or depressed?
  • Do you feel more irritable or angry with those around you?
  • Are you having difficulty bonding with your baby?
  • Do you feel anxious or panicky?
  • Are you having problems with eating or sleeping?
  • Are you having upsetting thoughts that you can’t get out of your mind?
  • Do you feel like you should never have become a mother?
  • Do you feel as if you are “out of control” or “going crazy”?
  • Are you worried that you may harm your baby or yourself?

Any of these symptoms, and many more, could indicate that you have a form of perinatal mood or anxiety disorder such as postpartum depression. While many women experience some mild mood changes during or after the birth of a child, 15-20% of women experience more significant symptoms of depression or anxiety. Let’s put that into perspective: there are approximately 17,000 births in the Fraser Health Authority each year. That means that there are between 2500- 3400 women experiencing symptoms of perinatal depression and anxiety every year in the lower mainland alone! Please know that with informed care you can prevent a worsening of these symptoms and you can fully recover. There is no need to be alone and continue to suffer.

Perinatal Depression and Anxiety (PPD/PPA) can occur in both women and men after the birth or adoption of a child. The symptoms can occur within the first few days, weeks, or months after the baby arriving. Very often the symptoms start in pregnancy but are overlooked as they can mask the symptoms experienced in the first and third trimesters.

An estimated 1 out of every 6 women, and 1 out of 10 men experiences troubling depression or anxiety after the birth or adoption of a child. The parents are often caught off guard by this and can find it very confusing. There is help and you do not need to be alone. For more information on the symptoms and contributing factors of PPD/PPA as well as treatment options you can contact me. Or if you would like online support go to www.postpartum.net and www.postpartum.org .

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