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May is Maternal Mental Health Month. This month is observed each year to raise awareness about mental health challenges faced by mothers during and after pregnancy. Together, we are aiming to reduce the stigma surrounding maternal mental health issues and promote access to support and resources.
If you're pregnant or have just given birth, it's common to feel a range of emotions. However, if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or depressed, you may be experiencing a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder (PMAD). PMADs affect up to 1 in 5 women during pregnancy and the first year after childbirth. It's important to recognize the signs and symptoms of PMADs and seek support if needed.
PMADs can affect women in different ways, but some common symptoms include:
If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, it's important to seek help from a healthcare provider. Treatment for PMADs may include therapy, medication, or a combination of both. If you or someone you know is struggling with PMADs, here are some resources available to you outside of your healthcare providers:
PMADs are common and treatable. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of PMADs and seeking support is an important step in your mental health and well-being. Remember, you're not alone and there are resources and community available to help you through this challenging time.