It Takes a Village
Women and families face a variety of challenges during childbearing years. Sometimes these challenges may include emotional pain and suffering. Please visits the following links for more information about specific mental health symptoms that may effect you or someone you love.
Depression during and after pregnancy occur more often than most people realize. Depression during pregnancy is also called antepartum or prenatal depression, and depression after pregnancy is called postpartum depression.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Approximately 9% of women experience postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following childbirth. Most often, this illness is caused by a real or perceived trauma during delivery or postpartum.
Postpartum Psychosis is a rare illness, compared to the rates of postpartum depression or anxiety. It occurs in approximately 1 to 2 out of every 1,000 deliveries, or approximately .1 -.2% of births. The onset is usually sudden, most often within the first 2 weeks postpartum.
Pregnancy Loss and Infant Loss
Depression after pregnancy loss or infant loss is not only understandable, it is also treatable. Unfortunately, you may feel that you are left to suffer alone. Although we expect there to be some stage of “normal grief”, most friends and family may be eager for you to quickly return to your “normal” state, thereby dismissing the depth of your pain. This can leave you feeling misunderstood and drive you further into isolation. This set of circumstances can create the opportunity for depression to emerge. If you are experiencing several of these symptoms and they do not seem to go away with time, please consult a professional.
Depression Self Test
If you believe that you or a loved one may be experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression you may find the following screening assessment helpful.
*This is not a diagnostic assessment, but it may be helpful when identifying symptoms that will be helpful when talking with your doctor.