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A hiking woman holds a baby while looking over a valley. She ponders perinatal mental health, such as anxiety and depression.

Maternal Mental Health & Perinatal Mood Disorders

At The Ogden Center for Change we recognize that pregnancy and motherhood can be one of the greatest joys, but the beauty of parenting can also be filled with moments of darkness, isolation, fear and sadness. At times it can feel impossible, but there is hope and support available.

A new mother sits on a bed with her baby and looks pensive, depressed and anxious. She is needing perinatal mental health services from Ogden Center For Change

While most new mothers experience some mood swings and tearfulness in the first 2-3 weeks following birth, about 15 to 20% of women experience more significant symptoms of depression or anxiety. Parents of every age, income level, culture and race can develop perinatal mental health disorders. “Perinatal” refers to the time all around birth, including pregnancy and up to the first year after the birth of a child; symptoms can appear any time during this time frame.


Although the term “postpartum depression” is most often used, there are actually several forms of illness that parents may experience, including: postpartum anxiety (including obsessive compulsive disorder), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and psychosis.

There are effective and well-researched treatment options to help you recover. To learn more about them, or to begin your journey of healing please reach out and schedule an appointment with Katie Johnson, LCSW.

Ogden Utah Mental Health Certificate of Completion for Post Natal Support International
Katie Johnson, LCSW looks forward to helping mothers with maternal mental health
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