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Postpartum anxiety: why so hush-hush?

Postpartum anxiety: why so hush-hush?

Awareness seems to be rising for postpartum depression. But that isn’t the only mood disorder affecting women in the postpartum period. Less discussed is postpartum anxiety. According to Postpartum Support International (PSI),¬†about¬†6% of pregnant women and 10% of postpartum women face anxiety. This may also be coupled with depression. Postpartum panic disorder and postpartum obsessive compulsive disorder are forms of anxiety some women may face. Yet there is so little coverage of postpartum anxiety and many women feel uncomfortable sharing…

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The journey back from postpartum PTSD

The journey back from postpartum PTSD

While more attention is (finally) being paid to mothers with postpartum depression, there is much less awareness among other postpartum disorders. While less common than postpartum depression, postpartum Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can also take a severe toll on new moms. A survey by Harris Interactive for Childbirth Connection, a nonprofit maternity-care organization, showed that of more than 900 U.S. mothers surveyed, 9% screened positive for meeting all of the formal criteria for PTSD set out in the Diagnostic…

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