"During pregnancy, the first year after childbirth and around other reproductive events many parents experience feelings such as:
Anxiety, excessive worries or panic
Hopelessness and helplessness
Depression, sadness, or grief
Frequent crying, extreme irritability
Distressing thoughts that are difficult to control
Inability to sleep when tired
Fearfulness, guilt or shame
If this sounds like you, you are not alone.
About 10-20% of mothers suffer from depression, anxiety or other distressing emotional reactions during pregnancy or after childbirth. This translates to about 800,000 mothers a year in the U.S. Many mothers struggle with similar symptoms after a miscarriage, a still birth, losing a baby, around their menstrual cycle, when dealing with infertility, or around menopause. Though hormonal changes are often not a factor, around the time of adopting a baby or older child, a parent can experience significant emotional distress. Fathers, non-gestational mothers and parents deal with such difficulties as well. Most gestational mothers and nearly all non-gestational parents do not receive proper support for these difficulties, or treatment for these conditions."