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

    It’s natural to have some feelings of anxiety when you are pregnant. But if you are feeling anxious most of the time and find it difficult to relax you may need help.

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    Depression in pregnancy

    It’s natural to feel emotional when you’re pregnant. But if you're feeling sad more than you're feeling happy you may have antenatal depression.

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    Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in pregnancy

    Some women develop obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) during pregnancy or after childbirth. This is called perinatal OCD and is more common after giving birth.

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    Tokophobia in pregnancy

    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 in pregnancy

    If you have bipolar disorder in pregnancy, it’s very important to tell your your doctor and midwife so you can get the treatment and support you need.

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    Postnatal depression

    Postnatal/postpartum depression is not the same as the 'baby blues'. It is a mental health condition that needs treatment, so it’s important to ask for help.

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    Eating disorders in pregnancy

    If you are pregnant and have an eating disorder (or have had one in the past), it’s important to tell your midwife and GP so that they can offer you appropriate support.

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    Postpartum psychosis

    Postpartum psychosis is a very serious mental illness that begins suddenly in the first few days or weeks after having a baby. It can be treated with professional help.

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    Post traumatic stress disorder

    If you are having upsetting thoughts after a traumatic event may have post-traumatic stress disorder. This is a treatable condition so it’s important to ask for help.

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

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