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.