Through no fault of their own, some women are at greater risk of experiencing a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder, making it absolutely imperative that all women and their families receive accurate information. There are a large number of risk factors that predispose a women to the onset of a perinatal mood disorder including but not limited to:
- Personal and/or family history of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or other mental illness.
- Untreated postpartum depression during or following previous pregnancies.
- Significant mood changes around the menstrual cycle.
- Depression during the current pregnancy, which is the most significant predictor of postpartum depression.
- Previous or current pregnancy loss.
- Unexpected difficulties during labor and delivery.
- History of trauma including physical, sexual or emotional abuse.
- Current stresses related to finances, legal concerns, immigration and/or interpersonal relationships.