Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) affect 15-20% of women, with symptoms appearing anytime during pregnancy and the first 12 months after childbirth. PMADs can affect all parents, regardless of culture, age, income level, and race. Effective and well-researched treatment options are available to help in your path to recovery.

What Parents May Experience:

  • Depression during pregnancy & postpartum
  • Anxiety during pregnancy & postpartum
  • Pregnancy or postpartum OCD
  • Postpartum PTSD
  • Bipolar mood disorders
  • Postpartum psychosis

Common Symptoms of PMADs:

  • Feeling sad or depressed
  • Feeling more irritable or angry with those around you
  • Difficulty bonding with your baby
  • Feeling anxious or panicky
  • Problems eating or sleeping
  • Upsetting thoughts that you can’t get out of your mind
  • Feeling as if you are “out of control” or “going crazy”
  • Feeling as if you never should have become a parent
  • Thoughts about hurting your baby or yourself


  • Emily Johnson, MS, LPC-Assoc., supervised by Lori Prado, LPC-S*


*Emily has completed specialized training through Postpartum Support International and is working towards full certification in perinatal mental health**