Usually appears after the baby is born, but can emerge during pregnancy.
Mild depression, anxiety, crying lasting up to two weeks.
Sad mood, irritability, hopelessness. Symptoms are more severe and longer lasting than Baby Blues.
Postpartum Panic Disorder
Excessive worry and fears
Anxiety, panic attacks
Repetitive, disturbing thoughts
Compulsive behaviors to reduce the thoughts
Horror about having those thoughts
Postpartum Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Recurring nightmares, excessive anxiety, reliving of past traumatic events
Delusions and hallucinations that require immediate medical attention
If you recognize any of the following symptoms, you are at higher risk for developing perinatal adjustment problems.
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Women's emotional changes during pregnancy
Usually during the first year after the baby is born
Symptoms can very from mild to severe.
What mothers think and feel...
"I feel like running away."
"I'm a rotten mother."
"I feel like I'm going crazy."
"I think of hurting myself or the baby."
Perinatal Adjustment Symptoms Are Treatable
You are not alone!
You are not to blame!
You will be well!
Michelle Lacy, MA, LPC