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Perinatal Depression and Anxiety

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
Feeling sad most of the day or crying for no reason
Low energy
Sleeping more or less than usual
Not enjoying the baby
Thoughts of harm to self or the baby

Anxiety Signs and Symptoms

Excessive worry
Overdoing activities like washing or cleaning
Feeling upset, fearful or irritable
Difficulty concentrating
Restlessness, trembling or twitching
Shortness of breath
Racing/pounding heart