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Coping with Perinatal Mood Disorder


New or soon-to-be mothers often struggle with feelings of loneliness, sadness and anxiety. They may also lack energy and motivation related to preparing for their unborn child or caring for their newborn. Many women suffer from what is referred to as pre or postnatal depression while some suffer from pre or postnatal anxiety (i.e., perinatal mood disorder). They may express difficulty coping, inappropriate feelings of guilt or worthlessness or difficulty to function. This guide is designed to help you become more knowledgeable about perinatal mood disorder in order to more effectively support people who are trying to improve their mood and enhance their ability to care for themselves and their child. There are 5 lessons within this guide that have been adapted primarily from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2006).

For an introduction to the topic of pre and postnatal depression, feel free to watch the following video:

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