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Personal History and Perinatal or Postpartum Disorders


Personal History and Perinatal or Postpartum Disorders


Sometimes women with no history of mental illness begin to have symptoms of perinatal disorder, such as panic attacks, during pregnancy. Others can develop postpartum disorders.  Women who have had mental health concerns in the past, a family history of postpartum depression or difficulties with interpersonal relationships, especially early relationships, may be more prone to perinatal or postpartum disorders. Although a person's socioeconomic, cultural or religious background can be a contributing factor, anyone can be affected by depression. Interestingly, professionals are often reluctant to seek treatment because they feel  they should be able to talk themselves out of their depression, yet everyone benefits from an investigation, understanding and treatment.

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If you (or someone you know) has thoughts of doing self-harm, or harm to a baby or anyone else, please call to speak with a trained crisis worker. Local Crisis Helpline numbers can be found through a Google Search.  In British Columbia, Canada you can call Mental Health Support (BC-wide) at 310-6789 or you can call the North American line 1 800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
In ANY crisis, your local emergency number is another option and it is always available. Use 911 in North America, 999 in the UK or, if you're elsewhere, use the emergency number for your area.