Personal History and Perinatal or Postpartum Disorders


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Anyone Can be Affected by Depression During Times of Life Changes, Such as Pregnancy or the Birth of a Child

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.

No Matter Who You Are, You Should Seek Help if You Experience Perinatal or Postpartum Difficulties

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.


Dr. Carolyn Steinberg