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PMADS (Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders) are a spectrum of postpartum mood disorders including depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and postpartum psychosis.
1 in 5
It is estimated that 1 in 5 women, worldwide, experience some type of PMAD
1 in 10
1 in 10 dads are estimated to develop depression during the postpartum period
Up to 50% of mothers do not seek mental health treatment
Long term effects
Without treatment, poor maternal mental health may have long term and negative consequences for mother/ birth giver, father/ non-gestational parent, the child and the family as a whole.
Symptoms can develop during pregnancy or the first few days after childbirth, but can also develop even months after childbirth
How do symptoms resolve?
Research shows that symptoms do not usually resolve without treatment
Postpartum Depression & Postpartum Anxiety Symptoms Include:
Anxiety or panic attacks
Changes in sleeping or eating
Loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities
Issues with concentration or decision-making
Irritable Mood or mood swings
Feelings of guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, or feeling “overwhelmed”
Postpartum OCD is estimated to affect 11% of new mothers, however, this percentage may be higher due to the limited education around experience surrounding assessment and treatment of the disorder.
Obsessions (Intrusive thoughts or mental images typically related to the baby)
Compulsions (Behaviors performed to reduce the frequency and intensity of the obsessions)
Mothers are highly unlikely to act on these obsessions and typically present with a fear and disgust about the obsessions
Postpartum OCD symptoms include:
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Postpartum PTSD symptoms include:
Postpartum PTSD is estimated to affect 9% of women due to traumatic childbirth.
Reliving of trauma via dreams/nightmares or flashbacks
Avoidance of thoughts, feelings, people, or any associated stimuli related to trauma
Persistent increased arousal, including hyper-vigilance, irritability, sleep issues, and/or exaggerated startle response
Perinatal Bipolar Disorder
It is estimated that 22% of women with postpartum depression are actually suffering from postpartum bipolar disorder
More than 70% of women with bipolar disorder will become ill during pregnancy when stopping their medication
Half of all women who get diagnosed with Bipolar disorder do so in their postpartum year.
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Postpartum Psychosis happens in 1-2 out of every
Delusions (strange beliefs)
Significant mood changes including irritability, hyperactivity, and decreased need for sleep
Treatment is crucial: 5% suicide rate and 4% infanticide rate associated with psychosis
Postpartum Psychosis is a Mental Health Emergency
Postpartum psychosis symptoms include:
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(800) 944-4PPD (4773)
Parental Stress Line
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
Psychiatric Crisis Services (Home based visits available)
Hampden County and surrounding communities, including Springfield, Chicopee, Holyoke:
Franklin County Crisis Services:
Crisis Services of Hampshire County:
Westfield Crisis, West Springfield, Agawam, Westfield, Hilltowns: (413) 568-6386