Mindfulness for Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders
Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders – including postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, postpartum OCD, postpartum PTSD, postpartum psychosis and postpartum bipolar disorder – are the number one complication of childbirth. It is believed that one in approximately five to seven women will experience postpartum depression or anxiety. Unfortunately, today still these disorders go under-screened and under-diagnosed, with an alarmingly low level of awareness from healthcare providers and the general public alike. If you think you may be suffering from one of these disorders, it is important for you to know that you are not alone, you are not to blame, and with help, you will feel better.
Many women who have experienced Anxiety throughout their lives, not limited to the prenatal or perinatal time, experience great benefit with the incorporation of a Mindfulness practice with tools that they have acquired over the years, mainly from CBT and other forms of therapy. If you have had years of experience in “managing” your anxiety, and know yourself well enough to identify that it is heightened, seeking support in and around motherhood is crucial to maintaining a sense of wellness for yourself.
In my practice, many current and past clients have either experienced Anxiety since childhood and are very familiar managing it, and/or are currently experiencing what could be described mild or mild-to-moderate anxiety. For these mothers or mother-to-be, Mindfulness coaching may enough to supplement past knowledge. If, however, i feel that you require additional support, i will refer you out to a local PMAD specialist for further screening.
If Mindfulness and/or meditation instruction are supplemental support for women with a diagnosed Perinatal Mood or Anxiety Disorder, and as my work is non-clinical, if you are currently in treatment this support is only available with formal acknowledgement by your primary PMAD medical provider.
RESOURCES AND INFORMATION – PERINATAL MOOD AND ANXIETY DISORDERS