What are Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs)?

Babies require a lot of care, so it’s normal for mothers to be worried about, or tired from, providing that care. However, with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs), a condition that affects between 15-20% of women during and up to one year after pregnancy, feelings of sadness and anxiety can be extreme and might interfere with a woman’s ability to care for herself or her family. Illnesses in this category include anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and psychosis.

Below you'll find useful information regarding signs and symptoms, other issues pregnant and new moms face, treatment, myths and facts, and educational opportunities.

Signs and Symptoms

It is important to know when your experience is more than the “baby blues” and requires further assessment and treatment. Learn about PMAD signs and symptoms.

Related Issues

There are other issues facing pregnant and new moms that often co-occur with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.


Medication and therapy can be very effective for treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

Myths & Facts

Learn some myths and facts about PMADs.


We offer training and educational sessions. Click here to learn about available training opportunities.

Immediate Help

If you or a loved one needs assistance or is thinking of suicide, please get help immediately.

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