Concealed but Common: Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders and How We Can Bridge the Gap
Research, awareness, and understanding of infant mental health and the importance of parental mental health have significantly increased. However, parent and infant mental health systems continue to be siloed and separated. Only 25% of parents who are in need access treatment during this critical postpartum time; we must bridge this gap to better support the entire family system and promote safety for all. This presentation will discuss parental mental health, including common experiences, symptoms, concerns, and diagnoses that can occur as a new infant enters the family. We will review Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) and dive into the common, but often not talked about, symptoms that new parents and caregivers experience. Our infant mental health and health systems must understand these experiences to help normalize and validate these symptoms and the difficulties of parenthood. Currently, parents and caregivers must be self-aware, navigate feelings of shame and fear, and ask for help. With understanding, better assessment questions, and resources, we can bridge the gap to provide more thorough and supportive services. A case presentation will assist learners in understanding these nuances during the postpartum time. Ideas and resources for a holistic family approach will be presented.
Understand Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs)
Understand the hidden symptoms many people experience during the perinatal time
Understand questions to ask to support identification and understanding of symptoms
Identify resources to bridge the gap between infant mental health and parental mental health
Who should attend: All staff of family resource center (FRCs), child abuse prevention councils (CAPCs), and other child and family-serving organizations.
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