Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD's)
Pregnancy and Infant Loss
Adjustment to Motherhood
Treatment for PMAD's can involve:
• assessing severity of anxiety and depressive symptoms;
• processing a mom’s labor and childbirth experience;
• affirming her fears and worries while giving her the space to be heard and validated;
• identifying and/or building a positive support system;
• supporting the mother/baby relationship;
• identifying and changing negative patterns of thoughts and behaviors;
• discovering a mom’s values and beliefs around Motherhood and parenting;
• discussing the role our mothers play in our own mothering;
• processing unresolved loss and grief;
• discussing a referral for a medication evaluation, if necessary.
Treatment is integrative and rooted in psychodynamic, holistic, and grief principles. It is highly individualized and builds on clients' strengths and self-efficacy while developing a deeper sense of self and purpose. Treatment focus becomes acceptance, adaptation, and integration of this new aspect of self (mother) while learning how to move forward with reflection, confidence, and grace. This adaptation process happens continually across the lifespan for moms. Treatment modalities can include psycho-education, CBT, psychotherapy, mindfulness, parenting skill building, and grief work.
Maternal Mental Health Matters Because Moms Matter