Postpartum anxiety more common in new moms

CBC News reported on UBC psychology research on rates of depression among new and expecting mothers.

Researchers found extreme anxiety is three to four times more common than depression during pregnancy and early motherhood. Lead author Nichole Fairbrother, an assistant professor in the UBC Island Medical Program, said there are far-reaching implications of these findings.

“Pregnant women and postpartum women who are suffering from an anxiety disorder may not be getting the screening or assessment or treatment that they need because we aren’t thinking to ask about these kinds of concerns because we’re so focused on depression,” she said.

Similar stories appeared in the Province, Calgary Herald, Regina Leader-Post, Montreal Gazette and Ottawa Citizen.