Many mothers express feeling like they've lost themselves after baby – there are new emotions, worries, and thoughts they just can’t get rid of. This is very common in the first 2 weeks after birth- commonly known as the “baby blues.” However, for some new mothers (or partners), this feeling of overwhelm does not go away. If this is the case, you may be experiencing a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder (PMAD).
While postpartum depression is the most talked about PMAD, it is not the only one. Perinatal emotional distress can be experienced in different ways and at different levels. Each mother is unique in her experiences, biology and circumstances and, therefore, experiences a PMAD in a unique way.
If you find yourself experiencing any of the symptoms below, it may be time to reach out for help.
PMADs are the most common complication of pregnancy, impacting up to 20% of pregnant/postpartum mothers.
Seleni Institute: Maternal Mental Health Intensive- Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders training
Reference: Seleni Institute- Maternal Mental Health Intensive: Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders training