Most Common Mental Health Issues in Pregnant Women

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Depression and anxiety can be very painful and disruptive to your life. While depression keeps you from being able to feel cheerful and enthusiastic about anything, anxiety causes you to worry excessively and feel constant apprehension (often without a good reason).

For many people with an anxiety disorder, dealing with the overabundance of stress can eventually lead to depression. When someone has both depression and anxiety issues, he or she feels the effects of both. The depression may also make the individual feel unmotivated to seek treatment for the mental health problems, and to neglect his or her physical health.

It can be very dangerous for someone to be in poor mental health with no motivation to get help for it. This is especially true for pregnant women and new mothers, who are at risk for developing depression and anxiety problems because of the changes in their bodies.

In order to keep mothers and their babies safe, it is good to know how to recognize the signs of depression and anxiety.

If you want to read a list of common symptoms of anxiety and depression and also find out more about resources for women who have these disorders, follow the link here:

http://napervillesun.suntimes.com/lifestyles/17861866-423/health-aware-depression-anxiety-in-new-moms-common-and-treatable.html

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Rhonda C February 13, 2013 at 1:25 am

Is there such a thing as pregnancy-induced anxiety disorder? When I was pregnant for my second child, I was constantly anxious about things that I was never bothered by before. I believe that me being so stressed out and on edge during my whole pregnancy is what made my daughter grow up to be such a worry wart.

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Rich Presta February 13, 2013 at 12:36 pm

I know it’s very common for anxiety to begin or peak during that sort of huge life change, both because of the huge change and all that it brings, as well as hormonal reasons. But I don’t think you passed anxiety to your daughter specifically because of that time period in and of itself.

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ShakeNoMore February 13, 2013 at 3:16 pm

It can be very difficult during pregnancy or directly afterwards. I had a rough time after the birth of my second child and I think my baby blues barely avoided escalating into full postpartum depression.

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Rich Presta February 14, 2013 at 6:04 pm

I obviously can’t fully relate, but I hear it’s awful and that’s so unfortunate to have to go through during what should be such a happy time.

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ShakeNoMore February 15, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Well I don’t know what full blown postpartum depression is like, but it is pretty awful feeling badly when you are supposed to be happy. It also sucks not feeling bonded to the baby right away.

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AnxietyRUs February 17, 2013 at 2:18 am

Didn’t Brooke Shields have postpartum depression? I think I remember reading something about that several years back. I understand it can get quite severe and can include psychosis along with the anxiety and depression. It has to be really hard to deal with being pregnant and the responsibility that includes and dealing with depression and anxiety.

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Rich Presta February 17, 2013 at 10:13 pm
josjane1406 February 18, 2013 at 9:02 pm

One of this issues that makes this so hard is the fact that antidepressants can be dangerous for the developing fetus. It puts depressed pregnant women in quite a bind to have to decide with taking that risk or living with sometimes very serious depression during pregnancy.

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Rich Presta February 19, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Very true, which makes the importance of becoming familiar with non-drug approaches even more crucial.

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