Anxiety symptoms are very common during pregnancy and after giving birth, and can be present alone or along with depression.
Types of Postpartum Anxiety Disorders
Postpartum Panic Disorder
Affects 1 out of 50 women, manifests during the first year postpartum, sometimes even later, and symptoms include excessive worry or nervousness, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, hot or cold flashes, chest pains, shaking, dizziness, fear of losing control or going crazy.
Postpartum Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Affects 1 out of 50 women, manifests in the first year postpartum, sometimes later, symptoms include repetitive and unwanted thoughts or behaviors (including thoughts of harming the baby or harm coming to the baby), and avoiding the baby in order to cope with the associated disturbing feelings. Thoughts are ego-dystonic (repulse the woman).
Postpartum Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Affects 1 out of 50 women, manifests in the first year postpartum, sometimes later, symptoms include uncontrollable worries, fear that she will accidentally make thebaby sick or die due to contamination, that baby may be harmed if she is not hypervigilant about details, that stress levels during pregnancy may have hurt the baby in utero, that the slightest physical symptom may mean that baby is deathly ill.
Postpartum Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)