DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY DURING PREGNANCY AND POSTPARTUM||
How common is it?||
50-80% of women experience the blues.
15% - 23% of women, more often in teens.
10% of men.
1-2 per 1000 women.
More often if someone has a history of mental illness.
When does it start and how long does|
Can occur any time in the first week.
Usually gone by 2-3 weeks after birth.
Can occur any time in pregnancy or first year after birth.
It can start gradually or suddenly.
Unless treated, it may not go away.
Usually occurs within the first 4 weeks after birth.
Needs treatment immediately.
Are you experiencing?||
•Sleep disturbances (insomnia/excessive sleeping)
•Appetite disturbances (eating too much or too little)
•Feelings of anger/irritability
•Over-concern or lack of concern for baby
•Scary thoughts or mental pictures
•Reliving past trauma
•Feelings of guilt and worthlessness
•Feeling overwhelmed/unable to cope
•Loss of interest in things you previously enjoyed
•Fear of harming baby or yourself
•Seeing or hearing things that others do not.
•Agitation, restlessness, irritability
•Mania: feeling speeded up, distracted, excitable, having a decreased need to sleep, or exhibiting fast, pressured speech
•Paranoia (extreme fears)
•Extreme mood swings
•Inability to reason, delusions
•Thoughts or plan of hurting yourself or baby
What can I do?|
• See your healthcare provider to address any other medical issues that could be causing anxiety or depression
• Talk therapy to discuss these feelings
• Medication – talk to your provider about safe options that are available during pregnancy and breastfeeding
• Good self-care including 4-5 consecutive hours of sleep, small, healthy, frequent meals, exercise, limiting caffeine
• Social support or a pregnancy/postpartum depression support group to connect with other new moms experiencing similar issues
THIS IS AN EMERGENCY.|
Needs to be treated by a doctor right away. Another family member or friend may notice something is wrong before you do.
Who do I call for support and information?||
Elliot Hospital Postpartum Emotional Support Program: 663-8927
Postpartum Support International Warmline: 1-800-944-4PPD www.postpartum.net
Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK
Go to the nearest Emergency Department|