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One in every six women, and one out of 10 partners, experiences a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder during pregnancy or in the year after the birth of their baby, according to Postpartum Support International. Yet, many women and partners suffer in silence due to feelings of shame or guilt.

You are not alone if you think that you don’t feel like yourself, that you are a terrible mother, or that something feels seriously wrong. This is not your fault. You are not weak or a bad mom. Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder (PMAD) is the number one medical complication of childbearing. It is treatable and you will get well with help.


What are the symptoms of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders?

Call 9-1-1 immediately if you are having thoughts of harming yourself or your baby. 

Symptoms of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders vary and can include:                           

  • Frequent crying 
  • Sleep changes (insomnia/excessive sleeping)
  • Changes in appetite
  • Anxiety/panic attacks
  • Feelings of anger or irritability
  • Overly concerned or not concerned for baby
  • Persistent worried  thoughts or mental pictures
  • Feelings of guilt or  worthlessness
  • Feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope
  • Loss of interest in things you previously enjoyed
  • Reliving past trauma
  • Thoughts of harming baby or yourself


How do I get help?

Talk to your obstetrician if you think you may be experiencing a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder. At Good Samaritan Hospital (West Islip, NY), our Mother’s Circle of Hope group provides a safe place for moms to share their feelings, meet other women with similar experiences and learn ways to cope and recover.

Call our confidential support line at (631) 376-HOPE (631-376-4673) to speak to an experienced, caring professional and learn about helpful resources. You can also email  

Remember: you are not alone!

Get additional information about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

Call (866) MY-LI-DOC (866-695-4362) to find a Catholic Health physician near you.

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