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Welcome to the homepage of The Center For Postpartum Adjustment. Please navigate through our links to gather an understanding of perinatal mood disorders.

Did you know: Symptoms of depression and anxiety occur in ten to twenty percent of expectant new mothers. This means that these emotional symptoms are the most common complication of pregnancy, affecting up to 800,000 women per year in the USA.

Did you know: Postpartum depression (PPD) is an “umbrella term” used to cover a variety of emotional problems that can affect the mother. They include: Baby Blues, Postpartum Adjustment Disorder, Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Anxiety and/or Panic Disorder, Postpartum Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Postpartum Psychosis.

Did you know: Perinatal depression and anxiety can occur during pregnancy and up to the first year after the birth or adoption of a baby. It can happen to ANY WOMAN! Age, education, culture and socioeconomic status are irrelevant.

Did you know: 50-80% of ALL new mothers will experience the “Baby Blues”. The distress experienced by many women can be very unsettling: frequent and prolonged crying, restlessness, irritability and anxiety are the most frequently seen symptoms. It usually occurs within the first 3 days following birth, may continue a few weeks, and is usually self-limiting.

Did you know: Nearly 20% of ALL new mothers will experience postpartum depression with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. New mothers are seldom prepared for the uphill battle in the weeks and months following childbirth. It is a time of mental, emotional and physical adjustment. Maternal mental illness is not a weakness or character flaw. Women are not to blame!!

Did you know: PPD can strike more than once. If a woman experiences PPD after one pregnancy, she is likely to experience it again after future births.

In the past, perinatal mood disorders were overlooked and even ignored. Today, things are different. Contemporary medical and psychological professionals are increasingly aware of the damage that these disorders can cause during the emotional and hormonal roller coster of pregnancy and childbirth. The first step is identifying the symptoms and knowing that you are not alone.

Help is available!!

 
     
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