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January is Perinatal Depression Awareness Month

Did you know it’s estimated that one out of every six women and one out of every 10 men experience sadness, depression or anxiety after the birth or adoption of a child? This is referred to as postpartum depression and anxiety, and it is real.
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​Pregnancy and childbirth are milestones in life that are celebrated by many – a time where photos are captured and from the outside looking in, everything can appear perfect. However, for many parents welcoming a child into their life, it can be a challenging time and feelings of inadequacy, anger and guilt can occur during pregnancy, shortly after a baby is born or months later.   

January is Perinatal Depression Awareness Month and BC Women’s Hospital is reaching out to let mothers and fathers experiencing postpartum depression and anxiety know that there is help.  

What does postpartum depression and anxiety feel like?
  • extreme sadness, most of the day and nearly every day;
  • irritability or anger;
  • feelings of guilt or worthlessness;
  • feeling hopeless and overwhelmed.

If you, or someone you know, are experiencing any of the feelings listed above or you think you may be depressed, please seek help. Consider contacting your family doctor, a registered psychologist, or a registered clinical counsellor.

For Reproductive Mental Health services and resources please visit BC Reproductive Mental Health Program.



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