The term “perinatal” encompasses all aspects related to bearing children, including pregnancy, the year following the birth of a child, and sometimes even the journey to conceive, all of which can bring about stress and complications that may contribute to mood and anxiety disorders. Perinatal depression, the more well-known of the perinatal mental health disorders, affects one in five women during pregnancy and one in seven women postpartum; however, over 50% of women on antidepressants are still symptomatic due to suboptimal treatment.
Less well-known perinatal mental health disorders include perinatal anxiety, OCD, posttraumatic stress disorder, bipolar, and psychosis. These conditions are often vastly misunderstood and not well represented in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Also often unrecognized is the fact that perinatal mood and anxiety conditions can also affect men. Over 86% of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are undiagnosed, leaving families to suffer in silence due to disorders that are easily treatable.
In this 2-hour continuing education web conference, Megan MacCutcheon, LPC, PMH-C will provide an overview of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs). Megan will review symptoms, statistics, and risk factors for each diagnosis. She will also shed light on how these disorders often go undiagnosed or undertreated, and she will discuss proper interventions, demonstrating how treating perinatal disorders may look different compared to treating non-perinatal mental health disorders. She will give insight into how providers can better screen for these disorders and will introduce several resources for families impacted by PMADs.
This introductory instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:
Statement of program material's accuracy, utility, and risks: The contents of this program are based primarily on research and trainings conducted by Postpartum Support International and are meant to bring awareness to perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Further training, consultation, or adjunctive services are advised when working with this population. For training opportunities and information on perinatal mental health provider certification please visit www.postpartum.net.
Declaration of conflicts of interest and commercial support: The presenter conducts trainings, provides clinical services, and has written articles related to the content of this program.
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Megan MacCutcheon is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Vienna, Virginia. She enjoys working with adolescents and adults, helping them to achieve a better quality of life by confronting issues of depression, anxiety, stress, and low self-esteem.
Megan is also a Certified Perinatal Mental Health practitioner and works with families who are impacted by mood and anxiety disorders during pregnancy and following childbirth. She also specializes in working with victims of trauma and sexual abuse and is trained in EMDR.
Megan leads workshops and has written books on the topic of building self-esteem. She also contributes articles to the GoodTherapy blog. For more information about Megan and her work, please visit www.meganmaccutcheon.com.