Symptoms of Perinatal Mood Disordes

If you are pregnant or in the postpartum period, and just don't feel like yourself, or suspect something might be wrong, ALWAYS talk to someone and/or get help. Talk to your Partner, your Family Doctor, your Obstetrician, a Family member or Friend, a Psychologist or Therapist, someone you trust...!

Pinpointing Perinatal Mood Disorders is not always easy, and Symptoms can vary greatly.
However here is a list of Symptoms that may help you spot a Perinatal Mood Disorder in yourself or someone you care about. Symptoms have been listed according to specific Perinatal Mood Disorders, It is important to note that there is a cross-over of symptoms between disorders.

Perinatal Depression
-Feeling unlike yourself for a prolonged period of time
-Difficulty getting out of bed; Changes in sleep patterns
-Difficulty performing normal daily tasks
-Changes in appetite; Noticeable weight change
-Changes in libido
-Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, depression
-Feelings of worthlessness, Prolonged thoughts that you are a bad Mother
-Abrupt changes in mood or energy levels
-Feeling irritated often
-Difficulty concentrating
-Difficulty making decisions
-Lack of interest in your baby OR Extreme over-protectiveness of your baby
-Lack of interest in normal activities
-Desire to run away
-Possible thoughts of harming yourself or baby

Perinatal Anxiety
-Feelings of agitation, anxiety and panic
Panic attacks have a variety of symptoms, some of them are: dizziness, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, feeling like your throat is closing, losing feeling in parts of your body, temporarily losing sight, pressure in your head, feeling like you need to run, hot flashes, nausea.
-Fear of being left alone with your baby
-Fear of impending disaster, dread
-Fear of hurting yourself or your baby
-Feel like life is spinning out of control

Perinatal Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
-Compulsive behaviors
Such as: washing hands often, performing rituals, counting, methodical grouping of objects, checking and re-checking things
-Obsessive worrying
-Intrusive thoughts
These can include thoughts of a disturbing or unusual nature that are hard to remove from your mind. They can be about you, your baby, other family members, dangerous situations, or other things entirely.
-Hypevigilance about protecting baby
-Fear of being left alone with baby
-Fear of impending disaster, dread
-Fear of hurting yourself or baby
-It is important to note that Postpartum OCD differs from Psychosis in that the sufferer is aware of the fact that her thoughts are strange, and is very unlikely to act on them.

Postpartum Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
-Difficulty sleeping
-Feelings of detachment
-Nightmares of past traumatic event
-Flashbacks of past traumatic event
-Re-experiencing the past traumatic event over and over in an intrusive manor
-Avoidance of things related to trauma (people, places, thoughts & feelings)
-Panic attacks

Postpartum Psychosis
-Difficulty concentrating
-Difficulty making decisions
-Inability to sleep
-Feelings of mania
-Hallucinations: Hearing and/or seeing things that aren't there
-Delusions, strange beliefs
-Experiencing unusual sensations
-Feelings of paranoia, and inability to trust others
-Loved ones commenting that you have changed
and are behaving differently than you have normally in the past
-Feeling very frightened and scared
-Feeling like you are going crazy
-Fear of being left alone with your baby
-Desire to run away
-Fear that you will never feel like yourself again, and this will never pass
-Possible thoughts of suicide and/or infanticide

Sometimes when you get lost, You find a better way...
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