Pregnancy and Postpartum Education
Pregnancy and postpartum mental health disorders are common, treatable medical conditions. One in five women will experience distressing emotional reactions during pregnancy and the first year after childbirth. These emotional conditions also affect fathers and those who have adopted or suffered perinatal loss.
The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Questionnaire helps mothers and fathers determine whether they are suffering from a pregnancy or postpartum mental health disorder. You complete the questionnaire anonymously online. Scores over 10 indicate the likelihood of anxiety or depression. Answers other than “never” to question 10 suggest you should call your healthcare provider right away.
Common pregnancy and postpartum mental health disorders include:
Parents with perinatal bipolar disorder are at a significantly higher risk of experiencing psychosis, particularly if they are not taking medication and are extremely sleep deprived.
Seek Help When:
- Your symptoms affect your relationship with your baby and your family.
- Feeling alone, ashamed, or the support of family and friends is not enough.
- You believe that things are getting worse, not better.