Spent some time talking with an OB/GYN practice earlier this week. I wanted to share some useful finding. First I want to explain the term Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder (PMAD). Includes woman whose symptoms begin during pregnancy and after delivery (Perinatal). It’s not just depression woman experience. Having symptoms of anxiety is common (Mood disorders and anxiety disorders). So for many women calling it Postpartum Depression just isn’t encompassing enough.
- There are as many new cases of mothers suffering from Maternal Depression each year as women diagnosed with breast cancer.
- Despite the prevalence, Maternal Depression goes mostly undiagnosed and untreated.
- Of the woman that seek treatment only a 1/4 sustain treatment.
As a community of mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and friends we can help those struggling receive the help they need.
Thinking for yourself or someone else about:
- Have I seen the funny side of thing.
- I have unnecessarily blamed myself when things have gone wrong.
- Have I been so unhappy I have trouble sleeping.
- The thought of harming myself has occurred to me.
Keep in mind when someone or yourself is struggling with PMAD, often times their frustration levels is extremely low, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and “buried.” The thought of finding help seems out of reach. Yarrow Therapy using teletherapy to make therapy more accessible. Please fill out information on the contact page. Also, see resources page for other helpful sites and information.
Information, research and stats came from:
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders training at the UMMHC and UNI Conference 2017 and
Cox, J.L., Holden,J.M., and Sagovsky, R. 1987 Detection of postnatal depression: Development of the 10-itemEdinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale.