Risk Factors for Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders

Jun 18 2015

Risk Factors for Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders

Understand how you or a loved one may be at increased risk.  Have a plan.

Below is a list of some risk factors that might put you at greater risk for developing a Perinatal Mood or Anxiety Disorder

• Do you or a family member have a history of Bipolar Disorder?
• Do you or a family member have a history, or currently struggle with Depression?
• Do you or a family member have a history of Postpartum Depression?
• Do you or a family member have a history or an Anxiety Disorder?
• Do you have a history of Premenstrual Syndrome?
• Do you have a history of eating disorders?
• Do you have Thyroid disease?
• Do you have a history of insomnia or not receiving at least 2 blocks of 3 hours of REM sleep per night in
the postpartum period?
• Did you have a traumatic or disappointing childbirth experience?
• Do you have unresolved losses (especially reproductive in nature – i.e., miscarriage, infertility, abortion)?
• Do you have a history of sexual or physical abuse or neglect?
•Are you experienceing recent stresses (i.e., an illness in self/family, divorce, a move, a change in jobs, death, change         in financial status, etc.)?
• Do you tend towards a perfectionist personality; highly task oriented; inflexible?
• Are you more isolated than you wish (lives far from family, few if any friends with children)?
• Are you and your partner currently experinceing relationship struggles?
• Have you had relationship struggles with your own mother?
• Is your baby: colicky or high needs, have an illness or injury, diagnosed  with a developmental delays or other                   medical concern?

 

Create a postpartum plan:

Download our Wellness Plan template-  creat your own plan.

Down Karen Kleiman’s Postpartum Pact– a great guide to thinking through your needs and talking with your partner.