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Depression And Anxiety

Autism Anxiety

Anne’s daughter was less than an hour old when she asked:  “Do you think she’s autistic?” Her question didn’t surprise me. A lot of parents ask about autism these days as they face one of their biggest fears. This was Anne’s first baby and I told her what I know to be true: “She looks perfect to me. Odds are she’s a healthy, unique little girl.” Odds are, she won’t be autistic either, but you can’t tell right from the start.

Pregnancy Anxiety? The Truth About Your Top 10 Pregnancy Worries

Many pregnant women fret too much about the wrong things, and pay too little attention to issues that can genuinely harm their pregnancy and baby. See how your concerns compare to other women’s, then learn whether or not your fears are well-founded and—the bottom line—what you can do to have a healthy and happy pregnancy.

Do You Dread Delivery?

Many women who whole-heartedly want to be mothers dread the prospect of having to actually deliver a baby. In fact, while just about every woman feels some anxiety about giving birth, 6 percent to 10 percent of pregnant women suffer intense fear. This can manifest itself in such symptoms as nightmares, heart palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath, a racing pulse and difficulty concentrating.

Manage Your Moods

Pregnancy is a time of hope and excitement, but for many women it is also a nine-month-long, emotional-roller-coaster ride—much of it downhill. “Mood swings, mixed feelings, anxiety and irritability are all normal,” says Ariadna Cymet Lanski, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist with the Chicago School of Professional Psychology who specializes in prenatal and postnatal counseling in her private practice.

Anxious Times

I think it’s time we talk about anxiety again. Quite a few of you have asked me about it recently but there’s one reader, in particular who’s really going through a rough patch, poor dear.

Your Changing Body

Feeling exhausted, moody and anxious is all part of having a newborn, right? Maybe not, says Maureen Groer, Ph.D., a professor of nursing at University of South Florida College in Tampa and author of a study on postpartum thyroiditis (PPT). This inflammation of the thyroid gland is diagnosed after pregnancy in 5 percent to 10 percent of U.S. women, but Groer believes it’s far more common. “Many women ignore the symptoms because they think it’s a normal part of being a new mom,” she says. To help detect PPT, Groer recommends that all new moms do the following:

Get Ready for Motherhood

When our first child was a few weeks old, my husband and I were struggling to get dinner on the table. Exhausted and overwhelmed, he looked at me and said, “How do parents get anything done?” How indeed, I wondered for weeks, struggling at home without help. I felt tired, lonely and a tad frustrated with my husband. Turns out these feelings are all too common. They can be dangerous, too.

Exercise During Pregnancy to Help Mood

Exercise shapes your body, but it may also shape your mental health during pregnancy. Researchers studied 230 women during and after pregnancy, asking about their current and previous exercise habits, depression and body image. They found that pregnant women who reported feeling depressed felt worse about their body, while those who had exercised before pregnancy were more satisfied with it. The researchers also found that women who said they had been depressed in the first trimester exercised less than women who had few symptoms of depression.

Depression During Pregnancy

Eileen wonders how mental attitude affects pregnancy and parenting. Since I’ve been distracted in other parts of the world lately, I thought this question was an excellent one to bring this blog back home.