Algoma Public Health
- Perinatal Mood Disorder (PMD)
Perinatal Mood Disorder (PMD)
Perinatal Mood Disorders (PMD) can impact:
- 1 in 5 mothers
- 1 in 10 fathers
- 1 of 2 teen parents
- 1 in 4 adoptive parents.
Symptoms of PMD
- Anger, irritability, frustration
- Tearfulness or low mood
- Excessive worry, anxiety, panic attacks
- Sleep troubles - too little, too much
- Appetite changes
- Withdrawal from family, friends, enjoyable activities.
- Need to not be alone or excessively busy
- Repeated behaviors
- Scary or repetitive thoughts
- Thoughts of harming self or baby*
- Not able to bond with baby
- Not wanting to care for baby
- A loss of touch with reality*
- Staying away from home (Dads)
*Symptoms noted with * are considered an emergency - please contact Crisis Intervention 1-800-721-0077 or go to the nearest emergency room.
If you think that you or a loved one is experiencing PMD - seek help. Timely treatment is proven to work.
Local Services and Supports
The "You Are Not Alone" project for Postpartum Anxiety and Mood Disorder Wellness and Awareness is a group of local moms with lived experience, and community workers who are bringing a message of hope and wellness to the community of Algoma. Find us on Facebook.
Find Out More
You can use this screening tool to help you determine your next steps.
Cox, J.L., Holden, J.M., and Sagovsky, R. 1987. Detection of postnatal depression: Development of the 10-item Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale
K.L. Wisner, B.L. Parry, C.M. Piontek, Postpartum Depression
Date of Creation: June 1, 2015
Last Modified: January 25, 2018