Anxiety and depression affect up to 20% of new and expectant mothers

You are not alone.

Anxiety and depression are caused by changes in biology, psychology, and environment.

You are not to blame.

Anxiety and depression are treated with self-help, social support, counseling and medication when necessary.

With help you will be well.

Postpartum Support Virginia helps new and expectant mothers and their families overcome anxiety and depression.

Get Help

Telephone and email support.  Volunteers are available for telephone and email support.

Support groups. Talking with other women who have survived perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, such as postpartum depression, can be extremely helpful.  > more

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Get the Facts

Anxiety and/or depression during pregnancy and the first year after giving birth affect up to 1 in 5 new or expectant mothers and their families. These illnesses – also known as perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, or PMADs.

Women of every culture, age, income level, and race can develop PMADs. Symptoms can appear anytime during the two-year span from conception through baby’s first birthday. Onset of symptoms may be gradual or sudden.  > more

Diagnosis & Screening

Consult a medical professional for a full diagnosis.  Talk to an obstetrical provider (OB/GYN, nurse/midwife), general practitioner, or a psychiatrist.  These medical professionals can rule out underlying medical conditions, such as a thyroid imbalance and anemia, which are fairly common in the perinatal period (during pregnancy or the first year postpartum) and can contribute to feelings of depression and/or anxiety. > more

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Mental Health Providers

We routinely refer women to trained mental health providers who are educated in the nuances of treating women experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. If you are interested in being added to our Resource List as a Preferred Provider, please complete the Preferred Provider Questionnaire.  If you have any questions, contact Melissa Nauss, PSVa’s Resource Coordinator.

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