Signs of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder

Depression has been noted as being the number one complication of pregnancy affecting 15% to 20% of new moms.  Throughout your maternity you are forming life lasting bonds with your baby. Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety can make establishing those bonds very difficult.  Perinatal depression can present itself in many forms.  It can also occur from conception  up to one year after delivery.  Some women may feel an overwhelming feeling of anxiety.  Other may have deep feelings of sadness.  Some women might have fluctuating mood swings.   Women struggling with some sort of perinatal mood or anxiety disorder may experience some of the following symptoms:  
  • Sadness
  • Irritability
  • Crying
  • Feelings of Hopelessness
  • Excessive Worrying
  • Intense Irritability or Anger
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Loss of Interest in Sex
  • Loss of Joy in Life
  • Feelings of Shame, Guilt or Inadequacy
  • Severe Mood Swings
  • Withdrawal from Family and Friends
  • Hallucinations and Delusions
  • Paranoia
  • Confusion or Disorientation
  • Difficulty Bonding with the Baby
  • Thoughts of Harming Yourself or the Baby
  • Attempts to Harm Yourself or the Baby
These symptoms are very serious and are not to be ignored.  With treatment the symptoms will decrease and may even go away completely.   If you are having some of these symptoms it is important that you know that you are not alone, we are here to help.  Take that first step and call now to schedule your first session (786)234-6246.

If you have thoughts of harming yourself or your baby (or if your pregnant/postpartum loved one is exhibiting frightening or bizarre thoughts/behaviors ) call 911 immediately.