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What are the Signs of Postpartum Anxiety?

December 5, 2018

What are the Signs of Postpartum Anxiety?

Postpartum anxiety would be diagnosed for any woman who meets diagnostic criteria, for an anxiety disorder, within one year of giving birth.

Postpartum anxiety is extremely common and oftentimes goes unnoticed because many women believe that an increase in anxiety is just something that comes along with motherhood, which it does, to some extent. However, when a woman is experiencing extreme anxiety and is having difficulty controlling worry, difficulty concentrating, irritability, sleep disturbance; it’d be time to come see your provider for some help.

Women at increased risk for postpartum anxiety include: any women who has a personal or family history of anxiety, someone who has a history of premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or any personal history of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

If you or anyone you know meet that criteria, it’s important to be evaluated by a medical professional.

Anne has been a registered nurse since 2009 working in a variety of settings including psychiatry, pediatrics, and internal medicine. She graduated in 2017 with her masters in nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Ann sees patients of all ages and conditions and specializes in perinatal (before, during and after pregnancy) psychiatry as well as women’s health psychiatry.

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