Maternal Mental Health Disorders
Maternal mental health disorders, including depression and anxiety, are real illnesses, and when left untreated, can cause devastating negative consequences for the woman, her baby, her family and society. These illnesses may be caused by a combination of biological, psychological and social stressors and exacerbated or worsened by risk factors such as limited social support and teenage pregnancy. Maternal anxiety and depression are the most common complications of childbirth, yet they are not commonly screened for or treated.
The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale can be used as a self-test for depression during and after pregnancy. If you think you might have depression, take this simple test and use the scoring system indicated below.
If you are experiencing signs of a maternal mental health disorder, find help HERE.