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PMAD

What is PMAD?

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. There are many thoughts on the matter but in some cases there may be a chemical imbalance.

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders include:

  • Antepartum/prenatal/pregnancy Depression–Anxiety
  • Postpartum Depression (PPD)
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • BiPolar Disorder (Postpartum Mania)
  • Postpartum Psychosis

Is there a way to prevent PMAD?

Open communication is so important postpartum period but even more so if there is a history of anxiety or depression. It’s very important to speak freely with you Midwife Team, we really are on your team and want the best for you and your family. Partners can be most helpful too.  They know you better than anyone else and may or may not have expressed their concerns, if any. Many families have benefited by counseling prenatally as well as postpartum. Some families will choose natural or allopathic treatments.

What should I do if I develop symptoms of PMAD?

What’s important to note is that PMAD is not something to be ashamed of.  Unfortunately, in today’s society there is so much pressure put on both parents. Super Moms or Super Dads DON’T really exist. Counseling and even medication may be necessary.

Some Resources Available:

PSI-PMD-FACT-SHEET-2015

Consult Your Midwife


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