Perinatal Depression and Anxiety are serious but treatable health concerns that affect approximately 16 per cent of women in BC. Untreated, perinatal depression and anxiety can adversely impact the mothers, families and the cognitive, behavioural and emotional development of the child. PND/A may occur anytime during the perinatal period (during pregnancy up to 1 year after the birth of a child).
Perinatal depression and anxiety affect a woman’s mood, behaviour, thoughts, and physical well being. It can impact her relationship with her baby, partner and family. Additionally, perinatal depression is associated with a greater risk of depression in their partners. Early detection, support and treatment are very helpful in managing the illness and minimizing its impact.
Depression Signs and Symptoms
Feeling hopeless or overwhelmed
Anxiety Signs and Symptoms