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About PPD/PMAD

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ABOUT PPD/PMAD
Disorders including Postpartum Depression
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Learning About Perinatal Mood and Anxiety
#1 COMPLICATION
Pregnancy & Child Birth
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, which includes postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis, is the #1 medical complication of pregnancy and childbirth.
INTRODUCTION
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To Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD) is a general term used to describe a wide range of emotional disorders a woman can experience during pregnancy and after the birth of her child. Click here to learn more.
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1 in 5 New York State moms will experience a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder.
NEW YORK STATE
PPD/PMAD
IN DEPTH
PRENATAL DEPRESSION
Prenatal Depression (also known as Pregnancy Depression and Depression During Pregnancy). Recent research has shown that at least 10% of pregnant women will experience depression/anxiety.
BABY BLUES
Approximately 60-80% of women experience the baby blues. This term refers to a period of temporary moodiness which usually begins 1-3 days after delivery.
POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION
It is estimated that 10-20% of new mothers experience postpartum depression; however, we suspect that this number is greater since many cases go unreported. Symptoms of postpartum depression are similar but more persistent (lasting throughout the day and longer than two weeks) than those of the baby blues. They usually develop a few weeks after delivery but can occur at any time during the first year after childbirth.
POSTPARTUM PSYCHOSIS
Postpartum psychosis is a severe but extremely rare (1 or 2 women in 1,000) disorder that can develop in the postpartum period. This illness is characterized by a loss of contact with reality for extended periods of time.
What Causes Postpartum Depression?
Researchers are still unsure of what exactly causes postpartum depression. It is most likely caused by a number of factors that vary from individual to individual. Some factors believed to contribute to postpartum depression are: +  the dramatic change in hormone levels occurring during pregnancy and +  postpartum (some women are more sensitive to this change than others) +  sleep deprivation +  psychological stresses of new motherhood +  previous postpartum or clinical depression +  a family history of depression
SYMPTOMS
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Postpartum depression is a real illness that affects 1 in 5 New York State women after the birth of a child. Symptoms include: +  frequent crying +  sleep disturbances (insomnia/excessive sleeping) +  appetite disturbances +  anxiety/panic attacks +  feelings of anger/irritability +  overconcern/underconcern for baby +  intrusive repetitive thoughts or mental pictures +  reliving past trauma +  feelings of guilt and worthlessness +  feeling overwhelmed/unable to cope +  loss of interest in things you previously enjoyed +  fear of harming baby or yourself
INTRODUCTION
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Video
Postpartum depression is a mood disorder that can affect women shortly before or soon after childbirth, but commonly begins within a month after delivery. This under-recognized and under-treated disorder can affect any woman of childbearing age. The video provides patient testimony and information on the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression and reinforces the importance of seeking help and treatment from a health professional.
POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION
If you cannot view the video, please copy/paste the link here to view it at our website. https://postpartumny.org/symptoms/
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Postpartum Resource Center of New York, Inc. Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Finding the Help You Need! Serving New York State Families Since 1998 109 Udall Road | West Islip, NY 11795 Toll-Free: 855-631-0001 | Helpline: 631-422-2255 Hablamos Español [email protected] | postpartumny.org