Are you feeling sad or depressed?
Do you feel guilty for not being happy or enjoying being a mother?
Are you having difficulty bonding with your baby?
Is the baby finally asleep but you can’t rest? You are constantly checking and worried that the baby is not breathing?
Are you having problems with eating or sleeping?
Are you having upsetting thoughts that you can’t get out of your mind and make you feel like you are going crazy?
Do you feel like you never should have become a mother or your baby is better off with someone else?
Are you worried that you might hurt yourself or your baby?
A yes to any of these could indicate that you may have a Perinatal Mood or Anxiety Disorder (PMAD).
You are not alone! While most women experience the “Baby Blues”, did you know about 15-20% of new mothers suffer from a PMAD and it is the most common complication of pregnancy?
What are Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders?
Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders include:
Depression, Generalized Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Psychosis.
Symptoms can affect women during pregnancy and in the postpartum period, up to 12 months after birth. These symptoms disrupt overall functioning and make it difficult to enjoy life and your new baby. They can interfere with a mother’s emotional wellness and her ability to bond with her infant. These symptoms are temporary and can be addressed with treatment. If left untreated, there can be a long term impact on the mother, child and family.
Please call me for a free 15 minute phone consultation to discuss how I can help you through this difficult time.
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