Dr. Hannah Singer
Having a baby is supposed to be the “happiest time of your life”, right? At least that’s what Instagram photos and Hallmark cards will have us believe. But what happens when the “happiest time of your life” doesn’t feel so happy? The unfiltered truth is that pregnancy and childbirth often brings a wide range of emotions, which sometimes can include depression, anxiety, and panic.
In fact, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are the most common complication of pregnancy and childbirth, affecting 1 in every 7 pregnancies. Yes, you read that right - 1 in 7! Chances are that you, or someone close to you (sister, wife, best friend,,,) will develop depression or anxiety during pregnancy or the first year postpartum. Thankfully, there are effective treatment options available.
I'm a clinical psychologist and adult psychotherapist based in Los Angeles.