Perinatal Mental Health Concerns

The perinatal period, spanning from roughly 20 weeks gestation to 4 weeks post-birth, can present mental health concerns for women, impacting both mother and baby. Women with prior mental health issues, tumultuous relationships, or other stressors are at greater risk of developing perinatal mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, and postpartum psychosis. Regular mental health screenings throughout pregnancy and postpartum are essential for effective treatment and management.

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Perinatal depression, affecting roughly 18.4% of women with depressive symptoms and 12.7% diagnosed with major depressive disorder, is a significant mental health concern. Common symptoms include sadness, anxiety, guilt, mood swings, excessive worry about the baby, hallucinations, and harmful thoughts towards self or baby. Depending on symptom severity, professional help and lifestyle adjustments may be recommended.


Perinatal anxiety disorders, encompassing generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety, vary in prevalence: 6.1-7.7% of women experience generalized anxiety, 1.2-5.2% obsessive-compulsive disorder, 1.4-9.1% panic disorders, and 0.2-6.5% social anxiety. Importantly, 66% of women with perinatal depressive disorders also develop a perinatal anxiety disorder. Women with a history of anxiety disorders are more prone to their intensification during the perinatal period.


Postpartum psychosis, affecting two in every 1,000 births, can manifest as mood shifts, confusion, bizarre behavior, insomnia, and hallucinations soon after birth. Women with a history of bipolar disorder have a 23.3% risk of needing psychiatric care within the first month postpartum, with factors like genetics, hormonal changes, sleep deprivation, and mood changes playing a role.

How We Treat

Resilience DBT & Eating Recovery, a team of outpatient therapists in New Jersey, Florida, and Maryland, provides healing clinical services, offering perinatal and postnatal care for diverse mental health concerns. We guide women through pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum phases, using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to foster mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. If you or a loved one is grappling with perinatal mental health issues, reach out to us today for customized treatment plans.

How do I begin?

Our team is dually and expertly trained in the Treatment of Eating Disorders and DBT for Mental Health. Our Evidenced-Based approaches include FBT, CBT-E, DBT-ED, and Comprehensive DBT for co-occurring mental health conditions. Our outpatient practice has helped Children, Teens and Adults achieve full Eating Disorder Recovery and Mental Health Stability for over 25 years.


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