Perinatal Mental Health 

1 in 7 women experience mood disorders anytime between pregnancy and onset of 1 year post partum. This can include depression, anxiety, OCD or PTSD. 

1 in 10 men experience symptoms of mood disorders (Depression, Anxiety, OCD or PTSD) in the perinatal period as well. 

You are not alone. It is not your fault.
With treatment, it can get better. 

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Depression

People with Perinatal Depression might experience feelings of anger, sadness, irritability, guilt, lack of interest in the baby, changes in eating and sleeping habits, trouble concentrating, thoughts of hopelessness and sometimes even thoughts of harming the baby or themselves.

Anxiety

People with Perinatal Anxiety may experience extreme worries and fears, often over the health and safety of the baby. Some people have panic attacks and might feel shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, a feeling of losing control, and numbness and tingling. 

OCD

Perinatal OCD can have repetitive, upsetting and unwanted thoughts or mental images (obsessions), and sometimes they need to do certain things over and over (compulsions) to reduce the anxiety caused by those thoughts. These parents find these thoughts very scary and unusual and are very unlikely to ever act on them. 

PTSD

Perinatal PTSD is often caused by a traumatic or frightening childbirth, trauma surrounding miscarriage or stillbirth, fears for your life or the life of the baby during pregnancy or past trauma. Symptoms may include flashbacks of the trauma with feelings of anxiety and the need to avoid things related to that event.

Baby Blues

The 'Baby-Blues' happen in 80% of new moms. They happen in the first two weeks after birth and are characterized by tearfulness, being emotional and moments of feeling overwhelmed. The predominant mood is happiness. Unless they are causing distress, the "Baby Blues" are normal and do not require treatment. However, if the dominant mood is not happiness or they last more than 2 weeks, a mood disorder should be investigated. 

Risk Assessment During Pregnancy

This assessment is not diagnostic. Risk factors do not cause postpartum depression. The intention is to help raise awareness of the factors that can potentially cause vulnerability to perinatal depression. This knowledge can help so that support networks can be mobilized and resources can be accessed. There is a link to a list below of factors that can increase susceptibility to depression. 

This can be used by pregnant women to self-assess their level of risk and discuss the results with their doctor or psychologist or it can be used by professionals to assess risk in the clients they work with.  

GET HELP

Kristine Aanderson

Kristine Aanderson is a Registered Psychologist who specializes in the treatment of Perinatal Mood Disorders including depression, anxiety, OCD and PTSD anytime from pregnancy to symptoms starting one year after birth. She has a private practice in southwest Edmonton. No referral needed, direct billing for Blue Cross insurance, baby-feeding friendly office, same-day appointments for emergencies. 

Selini Institute

Kristine completed the Seleni Institute of New York's Maternal Mental Health Intensive. This program focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of Perinatal Mood Disorders (Depression, Anxiety, OCD and PTSD) and processing grief from miscarriages and stillbirths. 

Post Partum Support International

Kristine completed the Post Partum Support International training on Perintal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Components of Care. This training focused on Screening, Social Supports, Therapy for Perintal Depression, Anxiety, OCD and PTSD and treatment for moms, dads and members of the LGBTTQQIAAP community. 

Other Supports 

Post Partum Support International also offers a variety of supports, including a "Warm Line" (a phone line with messages returned within 24 hours) and live weekly group phone chats (one for moms and one for dads).  

GET IN TOUCH

I Listen Counselling at alpineHealth
#207 - 14127-23 Ave.
T6R 0G4
Email: KristineAandersonPsychologist@gmail.com
Phone (780) 297-7989
Fax 1(844) 544-7228