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Anxiety disorders may exist prior to pregnancy or childbirth, or have their onset during pregnancy or postpartum.

Anxiety disorders can be associated with depression.

Anxiety disorders exist without depression but are often not assessed for.

Failing to address anxiety leaves women vulnerable to depression.

Remember that there is a foetus or baby who is also experiencing this anxiety.

See also information for women on anxiety in pregnancy and anxiety in the postnatal period

Anxiety disorders can be divided into:

The following sections include notes and criteria for each of the anxiety disorders with the main features included to assist with screening.

DISCLAIMER: The diagnostic criteria should only be used with prior training in psychiatry or specialised mental health.

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