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Perinatal Mood Disorder Specialist

Muhammad Zeshan, MD -  - Child and Adult Psychiatric Care

Inside Out CURE

Muhammad Zeshan, MD

Child and Adult Psychiatric Care & ADHD Specialist located in Princeton, NJ

Pregnancy and childbirth are life-changing events that fill women and their families with joy. Unfortunately, many women suffer from perinatal mood disorder, a type of depression that occurs during pregnancy or up to one year after birth. At Inside Out CURE, Muhammad Zeshan, MD, a child and adult psychiatrist, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of perinatal mood disorder. To schedule a consultation, call the office in Princeton, New Jersey, or book one online today.

Perinatal Mood Disorder Q&A

What is a perinatal mood disorder?

Perinatal mood disorder, also called perinatal mood or anxiety disorder (PMAD), is the most common health complication women experience during pregnancy and childbirth. It includes mood changes and anxiety symptoms that occur during pregnancy and up to one year after delivery.

Though perinatal mood disorder affects women of all ages, cultures, and income levels, you may be at higher risk of developing the pregnancy-related complication if you have:

  • A history of depression
  • A history of substance abuse
  • Family history of mental illness
  • Marital or financial problems

You may also be at risk if you lack support during or after your pregnancy.

What are the symptoms of perinatal mood disorder?

A perinatal mood disorder may develop during pregnancy or postpartum. Symptoms may include:

  • Feeling sad or depressed
  • Crying for unknown reasons
  • Feeling worthless
  • Fear that you’re not a good mother
  • Constant doubt and worry about the health of your baby
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Irritability
  • Change in eating habits
  • Low energy
  • Inability to care for your baby or yourself
  • Suicidal thoughts

If you’re experiencing these symptoms during your pregnancy, it’s not uncommon for them to continue after birth.

Many women experience mood changes, often called the “baby blues,” during the first few weeks of the postpartum period. However, if your symptoms last 2-3 months, then you may suffer from postpartum depression. 

What happens during a perinatal mood disorder consultation?

Dr. Zeshan is an experienced psychiatrist and conducts comprehensive evaluations when you contact him for help with a perinatal mood disorder. During your consultation, he asks detailed questions about your: 

  • Symptoms
  • Gynecological, medical, and mental health history
  • Family history
  • Support systems
  • Current medication and supplement use

He may also request medical records from your OB/GYN or primary care provider to better understand your overall health and wellness needs. 

How is perinatal mood disorder treated?

Dr. Zeshan takes an integrative and holistic approach to psychiatric care and uses several techniques and therapies to improve your perinatal mood disorder symptoms.

Your treatment plan may include:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Mindfulness-based therapy
  • Positive psychology

He may also suggest pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatments to improve your mood. To ensure safety for you and your baby, Dr. Zeshan consults with your OB/GYN before prescribing medication.

You’re not alone if you’re feeling depressed during what many consider the most joyous time of a woman’s life, but help is available. To schedule your perinatal mood disorder consultation, contact Inside Out by phone or book online today.