Perinatal Mood Disorders
- Do you feel sad, irritable, or angry?
- Are you having difficulty bonding with your baby?
- Do you feel anxious or panicky? Are you having problems eating or sleeping?
- Are you experiencing upsetting thoughts that you can’t seem to get rid of?
- Do you feel as if you are “out of control” or “going crazy”?
- Do you feel as if you never should have become a mother?
- Are you worried that you might hurt your baby or yourself?
Any of these symptoms could indicate that you may be experiencing a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder.
Postpartum Depression (PPD)
A person with PPD might experience feelings of anger, sadness, irritability, guilt; a lack of interest in the baby; changes in eating and sleeping habits; trouble concentrating; feelings of hopelessness; and sometimes thoughts of harming the baby or herself.
Postpartum Anxiety (PPA)
A person with PPA may experience extreme worries and fears, often about the health and safety of her baby. Some people have panic attacks and might experience shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, a feeling of losing control, and numbness and tingling.
Postpartum Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (PPOCD)
People with PPOCD can experience repetitive, upsetting, and unwanted thoughts or mental images (obsessions). Sometimes they feel compelled to perform certain actions over and over (compulsions) to reduce the anxiety caused by those thoughts. Moms who are dealing with PPOCD find these thoughts very scary and are highly unlikely to act on them.
Postpartum Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PPTSD)
PPTSD is often caused by a traumatic or frightening childbirth, and symptoms may include flashbacks of the trauma, coupled with feelings of anxiety and the need to avoid anything related to the precipitating event.