- Feelings of emptiness, failure and worthlessness
- Sadness and crying
- Withdrawal from family members or friends
- Loss of desire to engage in physical activity or activities that once brought joy
- Insomnia or excessive sleeping patterns
- Overeating or appetite loss
- Lack of interest in the baby
- Possible thoughts of harming the baby or suicide
- Severe symptoms of a depressive state plus:
- Mood swings that change rapidly
- Thoughts of harming the baby or suicide
- IMPORTANT: Immediate medical attention is needed.
- Constant worrying
- Sleep and/or eating disturbances
- Racing thoughts
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering
- Physical symptoms can include shortness of breath, muscle tension, dizziness, racing heart, etc.
The following links provide in-depth information related to a number of other perinatal mood and anxiety disorders:
It is important for individuals who may be experiencing the symptoms identified above to talk to a health care professional about how they are feeling. Treatment options may include talk therapy, medication, social supports, practical help, etc.
MDAM offers several support options for those struggling with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including peer-to-peer support via phone, email or in-person, as well as workshops and support groups. Through these services, individuals can connect with a MDAM volunteer or employee who has lived experience with postpartum depression. Our volunteers and employees will provide information, coping mechanisms, support, and hope to those in need. Each peer-to-peer interaction is confidential and free of charge. Read our postpartum services page for more information and for upcoming workshop dates.
MDAM also recommends self care for those experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Self care includes taking time for yourself, physical activity and eating well. These self care options can lessen the symptoms for people experiencing mood disorders. Professional treatment is recommended for individuals experiencing severe symptoms related to a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder.
Postpartum Warm Line: (204) 391-5983 (9 a.m. – 9 p.m./ 7 days a week)
Postpartum Support Group: Call (204) 250-3079 for times, or check our calendar.
SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Baby Blues and Better Days Program: Read the Postpartum Services page for details.
Postpartum Depression Association of Manitoba: www.ppdmanitoba.ca
Crisis Resources: http://www.ppdmanitoba.ca/in-crisis/