Symptoms of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs)

Women experiencing anxiety, depression and other PMADs can experience a wide range of symptoms, from sadness to anger and everything in between.  Symptoms can vary from person to person and even from pregnancy to pregnancy for the same woman.

Woman experiencing PMADs may:

  • feel sad, hopeless, or overwhelmed
  • feel anxious or panicky
  • regret having a baby
  • have trouble sleeping, even when baby sleeps
  • think her family would be better off without her
  • fear leaving the house or being alone
  • isolate herself from friends and family
  • have unexplained anger or irritability
  • fear she might harm herself or her baby
  • have trouble coping with daily tasks
  • have difficulty concentrating or making simple decisions
  • feel “out of control”
  • feel guilty for feeling this way

Women experiencing PMADs say:

  • This is supposed to be the happiest time in my life… why am I so sad?
  • Everything would be better if I got a good night’s sleep.
  • I feel like the worst mother in the world.
  • I’m having thoughts that are scaring me.
  • Why am I such a failure?
  • I worry all the time.
  • Why can’t I snap out of it?
  • I want to run away.

Experiencing three or more of these symptoms, especially if they last for more than two weeks, could be a sign of depression or anxiety.

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