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Study: Postpartum anxiety affecting more women than expected

Work and anxiety disorders don't fit together too well for most people. People who experience anxiety or anxiety-related conditions often find that they cannot continue working until and unless they can effectively treat their symptoms, which is why many people apply for disability benefits when they cannot work.

However, anxiety disorders are enormously complicated, and symptoms that one person feels are disabling could be manageable by someone else. Further, studies continue to change and shape the way we and those in the medical field see and treat anxiety. Recently, for example, a study out of Canada revealed that postpartum anxiety is much more common than we thought.

Postpartum or perinatal anxiety is a condition that, according to the study, affects a whopping 17 percent of women after the birth of a child. This is a higher rate than what has been reported for postpartum depression.

The characteristics of the disorder are similar to those of other anxiety-related disorders, but they develop in the weeks and months after giving birth. The symptoms of this condition include:

  • Debilitating fears
  • Panic attacks
  • Inability to sleep or eat
  • Racing thoughts and worry

Untreated, these symptoms may subside over time, but oftentimes, medication and therapy are necessary. Without medical attention, sufferers can find it incredibly difficult to care for themselves and their children. Further, any untreated anxiety disorder can make it all but impossible for a woman to be well enough to return to work. 

SSA recognizes anxiety-related disorders in many forms as disabling, and many sufferers across Missouri and Illinois are eligible to receive disability benefits if they cannot work as a result of this mental illness.

However, as we mentioned earlier, disorders that involve persistent anxiety and/or compulsive behaviors can be very difficult to diagnose and treat, as everyone experiences them differently. If you have questions about receiving or applying for SSDI for an anxiety-related disorder, it can be wise to consult an attorney familiar with navigating the system and qualifying for benefits.

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