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.
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.