Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD's) incorporate prenatal, pregnancy or postpartum mood changes that can include Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder and Psychosis.
Symptoms can include:
constant worry or racing thoughts
crying and sadness
disturbances to sleep and appetite
thoughts of harming yourself or baby
feelings of irritability, anger and rage
lack of interest in the baby or older children
loss of interest in things that previously brought you joy
feelings of excessive guilt or shame
physical symptoms such as dizziness, nausea or hot flashes.
Some people might experience these symptoms while going through fertility treatments, in pregnancy or in the postpartum period. PMAD's can look very different for every person and with each pregnancy. Sometimes these symptoms can feel terrifying and bring on feelings of shame or guilt because this is not what we anticipated to experience on this perinatal journey. These symptoms may also be the result of a pregnancy or infant loss or pregnancy release.
You are not alone. Many people experience these symptoms and you do not have to suffer through it.
As a Perinatal Mental Health Certified Professional, I can help support you with empathy and compassion through this difficult time and help provide skills to learn to manage what can feel like overwhelming symptoms.