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Perinatal depression can manifest itself in many ways and can occur anytime from conception through one year after delivery.  Some women experience persistent feelings of intense sadness.  Others experience fluctuating mood swings.  Still others experience a tremendous anxiety.  The following is a list of symptoms for various types of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. 

  • Deep Sadness
  • Crying Spells
  • Hopelessness
  • Excessive Worrying
  • Intense Irritability or Anger
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Overwhelming Fatigue
  • Loss of Interest in Sex
  • Lack of Joy in Life
  • Feelings of Shame, Guilt or Inadequacy
  • Severe Mood Swings
  • Withdrawal from Family and Friends
  • Confusion or Disorientation
  • Hallucinations and Delusions
  • Paranoia
  • Difficulty Bonding with the Baby
  • Thoughts of Harming Yourself or the Baby
  • Attempts to Harm Yourself or the Baby

If you or someone you love is experiencing these symptoms, please talk to a doctor!

Please note that the Task Force itself does not provide therapy or advice. We do not provide a hotline or a warmline, and cannot provide advice via email. However, if you feel that you (or a loved one) may be suffering from perinatal depression/anxiety, we strongly encourage you to reach out for help by calling 211 if you are a resident of Los Angeles county, Postpartum Support International if you are anywhere within the United States or beyond by contacting www.postpartum.net, or speaking to your healthcare provider.

If you have thoughts of harming yourself or your baby (or if your pregnant/postpartum loved one is exhibiting frightening or bizarre thoughts/behaviors ) call 911 immediately.

A phone call is the first, and sometimes the hardest, step toward getting well.

The mission of the Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force is to remove barriers to the prevention, screening and treatment of prenatal and postpartum depression in Los Angeles County. The Task Force is a project of 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor Community Partners.