10 Things I ’ve Learned as a Therapist and a Mom about Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

I’ve been a mental health therapist for over 10 years and in the social work profession for more than 20. I have been pregnant 8 times, with 4 living children. I consider myself to be pretty self-aware, intelligent, and inquisitive. And yet… I had some form of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) with each of my pregnancies. I just didn’t know it. Oh, sure, I got sad and I got angry and with my older son, I couldn’t let myself fully bond to him until he was 9 months old, but I was fine, right? I even took medication, but that’s normal, right? I was introduced to PMADs last year when a friend of a friend posted about it on social media. I was intrigued. This was a thing? As I learned more about it, I realized many things that I didn’t know before, both for me personally and professionally. Why had I never heard these things before? It was very eye opening and made so much of what I had experienced make more sense. So here are 10 things that I learned about PMADs. It’s not just “the blues.” It is common for people to feel down or sad after birth. You just pushed a baby out after 9 months! This takes a toll on your body and mind. But sometimes it lingers and even gets worse. This is not as common. It’s not just depression. Depression, anxiety, bipolar, OCD, and psychosis can all occur. That’s why the term PMADs, which stands for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, is becoming the more accepted term fo...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Parenting Personal Pregnancy Women's Issues Birth trauma perinatal anxiety disorder perinatal mood disorder Postpartum Disorder Source Type: blogs

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This study examined the relationship of living environment (urban vs. suburban vs. small-town/rural) to social anxiety (SA) in a sample of 902 TGNC individuals who participated in the Trans Health Survey. Analysis of variance revealed a significant difference in SA across living environments. Those living in small-town/rural environments reported significantly higher levels of SA compared to those living in urban environments. There was a trend-level difference in SA in suburban compared to urban environments. Linear regression analyses revealed that living environment significantly moderated the relationship between socia...
Source: Journal of Anxiety Disorders - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 20 July 2019Source: Neuroscience &Biobehavioral ReviewsAuthor(s): Lily R. Aleksandrova, Yu Tian Wang, Anthony G. PhillipsAbstractIn order to expand the prospects of developing novel antidepressants for treatment-resistant populations, animal models should incorporate not only various stress-induced behavioural, neurochemical and endocrine parallels to major depressive disorder (MDD), but also aspects of heightened stress susceptibility and resistance to conventional drugs. This review focuses on the available literature supporting the Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rat as a model of endogenous st...
Source: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
Conclusion: Our findings might indicate that the comorbidity of SeAD with SAD may increase the risk of the severity of AvPD and current depression. PMID: 31322453 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Nordic Journal of Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Nord J Psychiatry Source Type: research
This study investigated the prevalence of depression and explored fatigue, QOL, and pain that is associated with depression in patients on first admission to a hematologic oncology unit. METHODS: This descriptive study measured depression, QOL, and fatigue with the Patient Health Questionnaire-9, the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy (FACT)-General, and the FACT-Anemia scale, respectively. Pain levels were examined with a numeric rating scale. FINDINGS: 58 patients participated; 17 reported moderate to severe depression, which highly correlated with fatigue, QOL, and pain. Among all factors, multivariate an...
Source: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: Clin J Oncol Nurs Source Type: research
Publication date: 15 October 2019Source: Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Volume 805Author(s): Subhranu Samanta, Xiao Gong, Panpan Zhang, Kaizhen Han, Xuanyao FongAbstractStep bias (VSTEP) modulated bipolar resistive switching (BRS) and neuromorphic characteristics are observed at very low current level (sub-μA) in a novel Ni/SiOx/W 2 × 2 μm2 cross-point resistive random access memory (RRAM) structure. Device microstructure and thickness of the switching dielectric layer are exposed by TEM/HRTEM images. Elemental composition of Ni/SiOx/W structure and switching matrix (SiOx) are confirmed by EDS and XPS a...
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CONCLUSIONSRYGB offers sustained, long-term weight loss with significant resolution of major comorbidities in older veterans, with acceptably low morbidity and mortality.
Source: The American Journal of Surgery - Category: Surgery Source Type: research
Conclusion: :OSA is not uncommon in asthma patients. Careful assessment of sleep related symptoms and demographic parameters of asthma patients are essential to suspect diagnosis of OSA. Additional factors like smoking, obesity, GERD and allergic rhinitis are important contributing factor for higher risk of OSA among asthma patients. Early diagnosis of OSA in asthma patients by polysomnography may have a clinical benefit in the management of both diseases. PMID: 31321930 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India - Category: General Medicine Tags: J Assoc Physicians India Source Type: research
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Source: Advances in Dermatology and Allergology - Category: Dermatology Tags: Postepy Dermatol Alergol Source Type: research
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Source: Psych Central - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Bipolar Disorders Gender General Men's Issues Women's Issues Bipolar Disorder bipolar disorder and pregnancy bipolar I Bipolar Ii Gender Differences men and bipolar disorder menopause and bipolar disorder menstruation and bipolar Source Type: news
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