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.
Connect With A Volunteer Volunteers are available for telephone and email support.
Attend a Support Group Talking with other women who have survived perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, such as postpartum depression, can be extremely helpful.
Talk With A Therapist – Listings are updated every six months.
If this is an emergency, call 911
or go to the emergency room
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
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. PSVa’s Professional Membership Program provides mental health providers with resources and tools to work with perinatal women, along with opportunities for education and collaboration. Learn more about the Professional Membership Program.