Postpartum Anxiety Disorders
Author: Kari Kagan, Psy.D.
Many women experience both depression and anxiety in the prenatal and postpartum period of having a baby. Although both are commonly experienced, anxiety is often less talked about and less researched in postpartum women. As such, the goal of this blog is to review common anxiety disorders that can be prevalent in the postpartum period in order to increase awareness. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, be reassured that you are not alone and that you can get help.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Social Anxiety Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
This is a summary of common anxiety disorders and how they can present in the postpartum period. Please note that it is completely normal for women to experience at least some of the above symptoms at any given point during or after their pregnancies. However, if any of these symptoms are causing significant distress to the point of interfering with functioning and do not seem to be improving on their own, it may be a good idea to reach out for help. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been shown to be effective for treating anxiety disorders in the postpartum period. At SF Bay CBT, we have training and experience in treating prenatal and postpartum distress. Please contact us for a free phone consultation to learn more about how we can help you cope with and improve postpartum distress.
Diana Gordon, Psy.D., Kari Kagan Psy.D., and Katie Leoni, Psy.D.
Drs. Gordon, Kagan, and Leoni practice psychotherapy primarily via telehealth. Their areas of expertise include anxiety, sleep, stress, depression, maternal mental health, and addiction. They blog about these topics to provide research-based information about common problems and strategies to help manage them.