SIGNS AND SYMP­TOMS

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Special Report -

Signs of peri­na­tal anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion can in­clude:

Per­sis­tent, gen­er­alised worry, of­ten fo­cused on the health of baby

Abrupt mood swings

Anger or ir­ri­tabil­ity

Feel­ing sad, low or cry­ing for no ob­vi­ous rea­son

Be­ing ner­vous, ‘on edge’, or pan­icky (a rac­ing heart, pal­pi­ta­tions, short­ness of breath, shak­ing or feel­ing phys­i­cally ‘de­tached’ from sur­round­ings)

Feel­ing ex­hausted and un­mo­ti­vated

Loss of in­ter­est in things that pre­vi­ously brought joy (in­clud­ing sex)

Sleep­ing too much or not sleep­ing well – un­re­lated to the baby’s needs

With­draw­ing from loved ones

Dif­fi­cul­ties with mem­ory or con­cen­tra­tion

Feel­ing over­whelmed

Ob­ses­sive think­ing and be­hav­iours

Risk tak­ing/im­pul­sive be­hav­iours

Thoughts of death or sui­cide

Thoughts of harm to baby/chil­dren

Fear of be­ing alone with baby or be­ing away from baby

Loss of con­fi­dence and low­ered self-es­teem

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