1 in 7 pregnant & new moms will have a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder

Postpartum Progress Inc. is dissolving as a nonprofit organization in accordance with state and federal laws. The organization’s remaining assets, after meeting all remaining obligations and closing costs, will be transferred to Postpartum Support International (PSI). PSI will hold the funds in a separate account and be guided by an advisory council regarding their best use to benefit moms, dads and families. To learn more about PSI, visit www.postpartum.net.

 

What if it doesn’t feel like depression?

Postpartum Depression (PPD, also called postnatal depression or PND outside of the U.S.) is the most common complication of childbirth. It is an illness that is temporary and treatable with professional help.

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Postpartum anxiety is as common as PPD, and some studies say it may be more so. It is marked by excessive worries and fears, often centered on the baby, and sometimes physical symptoms like stomach upset or headaches.

You might also experience symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder. Postpartum OCD is characterized by obsessions – persistent disturbing, scary thoughts or mental images generally related to the baby – and compulsions – doing things over and over to reduce the fears and obsessions. Moms with these intrusive thoughts recognize that they are wrong, would stop them if they could, and are not in danger of harming their children.

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Postpartum Psychosis is a rare and dangerous illness that is considered a psychiatric emergency. Some of the key symptoms of psychosis are delusions and/or hallucinations, or seeing or hearing things that no one else can see or hear.

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Postpartum Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is usually brought on by a traumatic childbirth (or the perception of one). It is similar to other forms of PTSD in that sufferers re-experience the trauma they experienced in thoughts and nightmares.

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For support for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, visit Postpartum Support International at www.postpartum.net or call 1-800-944-4PPD (4773). If you are experiencing an emergency or crisis, call 1-800-273-TALK, dial 911 or visit your nearest emergency room.