Perinatal depression and anxiety (PNDA) affects 1 in 5 new mothers and 1 in 10 new fathers and yet, for the majority, it comes as a surprise to the parents and families affected. If you suspect that you or someone close to you is experiencing symptoms, seek help early.
WHAT IS PERINATAL DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY?
Pregnancy and the first year of parenthood (the perinatal period) can be a uniquely special time. All expectant and new parents will have their good days and bad days, their ups and downs. But when bad days start to seriously outnumber the good they may be at risk of perinatal depression and anxiety.
SYMPTOMS FOR PERINATAL DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY
We recommend you consider seeking professional help if you have had one of more of the following feelings for two weeks or more and they are impacting negatively on the way you usually function.
Perinatal depression and anxiety can strike anyone. Whatever the cause, perinatal depression and anxiety is treatable, so if you suspect you or someone close to you, may be experiencing symptoms, it’s important to seek help as soon as possible.
It’s very common to feel overwhelmed and stressed at this time, so it’s a good idea to have a conversation with a trusted person. Sometimes mothers and fathers can find help in supportive friends, relatives or health professionals.