Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADS) impact at least 1 in 7 women, and is the most common complication of childbirth.
While many women experience mild mood changes during pregnancy and/or after child birth, 15-20% experience more severe symptoms of depression, anxiety, or mood disturbance.
Women of every culture, age, race, and income level can experience PMADS. In fact, adoptive parents and fathers can also experience PMADS. Symptoms can appear any time during pregnancy and the first year postpartum. If untreated, symptoms can persist well past the first year postpartum.
The Mother-Child Institute provides expert, compassionate care to individuals and families as they cope with issues surrounding pregnancy, adoption, birth, childhood, and parenthood.
Learn more about Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADS), their symptoms, and how they relate to what you're experiencing. The first step in helping yourself is understanding yourself.