The journey to motherhood is not always an easy one and becoming a new mother will certainly come with some difficulties. So, how do you know what is a normal part of becoming a new parent and when you should seek help?

We can help you identify some of your symptoms, connect you with a peer support mom who has been where you are and will help connect you to the best resources in the community. If any of the following sound like what you are experiencing please reach out to us at our warm line: 843-410-3585 or email: contact@ppdsupport.org.

Postpartum Depression/Anxiety

  • Affects about 20% of mothers and can occur any time during the first year postpartum

  • Symptoms can include:

    • Anxiety

    • Excessive crying

    • Fatigue or sleeplessness

    • Agitation/rage

    • Hopelessness

    • Intrusive thoughts

    • Suicidal thoughts (ex. “This baby would be better off without me.”)

    • Racing thoughts


OCD and negative thoughts

  • Close to 30% of women with postpartum depression experience negative thoughts and some are scary

  • Symptoms can include:

    • Rigid timing and tracking of feedings and/or naps

    • Negative, unwanted intrusive (scary) thoughts

    • Seeking some form of control


Postpartum Psychosis/Mania

  • This is the extreme end of the  spectrum and affects only 2% of births. Symptoms will appear in the first few days postpartum.

  • Symptoms can include:

    • Auditory hallucinations

    • Paranoia

    • Bizarre thoughts to harm baby or self

  • Psychosis requires immediate attention by medical professionals. Please call 911 if you experience any of these symptoms.