Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD) Program

Adapting to the physical and emotional demands of motherhood is challenging, with some women experiencing overwhelming feelings of inadequacy, anxiety, sadness, and more. Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, formerly known as Postpartum Depression, are the most prevalent complications of childbirth, with a biological basis and effective treatment. The term "postpartum depression" encompasses a spectrum of mental health disorders occurring during pregnancy and after childbirth.

Common conditions treated

  • Perinatal depression/anxiety: moderate to severe symptoms experienced by 15-20% of women, with prevalence peaking 8-12 weeks after childbirth, especially during transitions like returning to work or becoming a stay-at-home mom.
  • Perinatal obsessive-compulsive disorder: persistent thoughts/fears/obsessions, particularly regarding baby's health.
  • Perinatal panic disorder: a form of anxiety manifested by symptoms of multiple fears and worries along with recurring panic attacks that can feel like having a heart attack.
  • Postpartum “baby blues”: attributed to hormonal changes, fatigue and interrupted sleep as well as a wide range of related psycho-social factors.
  • Postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder: unanticipated traumatic birthing and post- delivery experiences to include medical complications affecting mother and baby.
  • Postpartum psychosis: loss of contact with reality, strange beliefs, hyperactivity and decreased need for sleep.

Specialty programs

  • Anxiety Program: variety of services to address symptoms relating to anxiety.
  • Depression Programa program that treats symptoms relating to depression. 
  • PTSD Programa program that assist in processing symptoms following a traumatic event or after living with recurring trauma.

Ages treated

  • 18 and older

Level of treatment offered

Treatment approach and techniques

Mood disorders like depression and anxiety are not easily overcome; they result from chemical changes in the brain and require medical intervention. Our experts offer a blend of treatments and supportive therapy to help you resume a fulfilling life and enjoy motherhood. If you're experiencing concerning symptoms, contact the Mom's Line at 630-527-7294 for dedicated support or find a counselor or support group within our specialized maternal mental health services.

Treatment hours (dependent on your level of care)

  • Inpatient: 24/7 around the clock care
  • Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP): 6 hours a day, 5 days a week
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): 3 hours a day, 5 days a week
  • Counseling/medication management: By appointment (daytime, nighttime and weekend hours)

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