Specific mental health conditions

If you have had a diagnosis of a specific mental health condition you can read about it here. You can also read the symptoms if you think you might have a problem.

If you're not sure whether what you're experiencing is normal for pregnancy or not find out more.

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    Anxiety and panic attacks in pregnancy

    Having some level of anxiety and stress when you are pregnant is fine and normal.

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    Depression in pregnancy

    It’s normal to feel sometimes up and sometimes down when you’re pregnant but if you're feeling low more than you're feeling happy you need to talk to someone.

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    Obsessive compulsive disorder

    One in 50 people get obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) at some point in their lives. OCD can be triggered by stressful life changes so some women develop OCD when pregnant or after birth (perinatal OCD). Perinatal OCD is more common after birth than in pregnancy.

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    Tokophobia

    Most pregnant women have some anxieties about how they will cope with childbirth, but for some women it causes extreme distress.

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    Bipolar disorder

    Bipolar disorder used to be called ‘manic depression’ because it causes extreme mood swings.

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    Postnatal depression

    Postnatal/postpartum depression is not 'baby blues'. It is prolonged feelings of feeling low. It can vary from mild to severe and it can affect women in different ways.

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    Eating disorders

    If you have an eating disorder (or have had one in the past), you may find it hard when your body gets bigger as your baby grows.

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    Postpartum psychosis

    Postpartum psychosis is a very serious mental illness that usually starts in the days or weeks after birth.

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    Post traumatic stress disorder

    Anyone who has had a traumatic experience (such as a violent attack or serious accident where their life has been in danger) experiences a stress reaction for at least a few weeks afterwards.

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Last reviewed on February 1st, 2015. Next review date February 1st, 2018.

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