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ABC30 TV Special on PMAD-Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

(Fresno, CA)  It's a disorder impacting 1 in 8 mothers nationwide.  ABC30 teams up with First 5 Fresno County and the California Health Collaborative for an in-depth look at Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. ABC30 will air the half-hour special, "Is Mommy Okay?" on Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.  Action News anchor Margot Kim is hosting this special.

Postpartum depression is the most widely known mood disorder related to pregnancy and birth; however mood disorders can occur anytime during pregnancy.

Common PMAD symptoms:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Strange thoughts or feelings
  • Feeling distant from your baby
  • Crying often and feeling overwhelmed

If untreated, PMAD can affect the mother/child bond, the child's physical health, and long-term behavioral and emotional health. 

ABC30 interviewed several local mothers who have been treated for PMAD.  Leading health experts in this field will talk about symptoms, screenings and where families can seek help.  Fresno County's incidence rate is believed to be higher than the national average.  We'll explore why and what's being done to help Moms in distress. Learn more about PMAD at

7 Types of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders-PMAD

Postpartum Depression can feature appetite and sleep problems, difficulty concentrating and making decisions, lack of interest in the baby, irritation or anger, withdrawal from interacting with others, sadness, the constant feeling of being overwhelmed, and/or possible thoughts of harming oneself or running away.

Antenatal Depression has symptoms similar to PPD but instead occurs during pregnancy.

Postpartum Anxiety is marked by excessive worries and fears, often centered on the baby, and sometimes physical symptoms like diarrhea, headaches or nausea.

Postpartum OCD is characterized by obsessions -- persistent disturbing thoughts or mental images generally related to the baby -- and compulsions -- doing things over and over to reduce the fears and obsessions.

Postpartum Panic Disorder involves recurring panic attacks, which can include shortness of breath, chest pain, heart palpitations and numbness or tingling in the extremities. Some women liken it to feeling like they're having a heart attack.

Postpartum Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, usually brought on by a traumatic childbirth (or the perception of one), is similar to other forms of PTSD in that sufferers re-experience the trauma they experienced in thoughts and nightmares.

Postpartum Psychosis is a rare and dangerous illness that is considered a psychiatric emergency and features delusions and/or hallucinations and mania.



California Health Collaborative

Nurture 2 Nurture Program

(559) 244-4580

Perinatal Mental Health Integration Project
1680 W. Shaw
Fresno, CA 93711
(559) 244-4580

Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health, Prevention & Intervention
Perinatal Program

142 E. California Avenue
(559) 600-1033

Fresno County United Way

Adventist Community Care Behavioral Health
Selma-(559) 891-6429

Clinica Sierra Vista Behavioral Health Program
(559) 457-5960

Centro La Familia
(559) 237-2961

Comprehensive Counseling Services
(559) 233-5505

Fresno Family Counseling Center-CSUF
(559) 229-3085

California School of Professional Psychology
Alliant University

(559) 253-2277

Tree House Program
(559) 226-1316

University Psychiatry Associates
(559) 320-0580

The Well Community Church Counseling Center
(559) 326-5100

Angel Babies
(559) 248-8579

Fresno County Babies First

Postpartum Support International Warm-line

California PSI Warm-line