Postpartum Mood Disorder Support
About 20% of women experience a postpartum mood disorder. The symptoms can range from mild to severe and can include low mood, anxiety and irritability/anger. Symptoms can begin any time during the first year after giving birth.
Asking for help is recommended if you are struggling with emotional symptoms and adjusting to life with a newborn. Please talk to your Family Doctor or Nurse Practitioner if you are experiencing any of these symptoms and ask to be referred to the Postpartum Mood Disorder Support program.
Common symptoms of a postpartum mood disorder include:
- Feeling overwhelmed, sad, inadequate, anxious, irritable or angry
- Having feelings of panic
- Not being able to sleep
- Having disturbing dreams or thoughts
- Not feeling connected to your baby
- Having dark intrusive thoughts
- Not wanting to be alone with your baby
- An initial appointment
- Follow up session(s)
- Weekly mothers’ support groups
- A monthly spouse support group
- Brief couple counselling focused on postpartum mood disorder