Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Canada
According to emerging research, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) have increased during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. The psychological stress associated with the pandemic has made new mothers more vulnerable to mental health issues. A number of factors have been shown to predispose mothers to this, including, financial, relational, seclusion, changes to perinatal care and fear of the virus. Research has also identified protective facts, including sleep, support and exercise. Given the sequelae of untreated mental health issues, impacting the entire family unit, it is important that naturopathic doctors are aware of this and have strategies to support mothers in the perinatal period.
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