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.

LUNAFEST 2017

March 8th 2017 – Join Postpartum Support Virginia at our 11th annual LUNAFEST fundraising film festival.   LUNAFEST is a traveling film festival featuring award-winning short films by…for…about women. This season’s program of nine selected films will compel discussion, make you laugh, tug at your heartstrings and motivate you to make a difference in your community. Incredibly diverse in style and content, these films are united by a common thread of exceptional storytelling. > more

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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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