Maternal Mental Health


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Many women believe that motherhood should be the happiest time of a woman’s life. However, one in eight women has symptoms of depression or anxiety during pregnancy or after childbirth. UC San Diego's Maternal Mental Health Clinic was created in 2007 to address the mental health needs of women and provides comprehensive care for depression, anxiety and other emotional concerns.

Common symptoms of anxiety or depression

  • Sad mood
  • Frequent crying
  • Guilt over not enjoying time with your infant
  • Feeling overwhelmed by the demands of motherhood
  • Frequent worry about seemingly little things
  • Inability to make decisions
  • Disturbing images of harm coming to your child

Specific areas of focus

  • Preconception planning
  • Pregnancy and postpartum depression
  • Pregnancy loss and infertility
  • Premenstrual mood disorders


We use a variety of techniques to help women recover from anxiety or depression during infertility, pregnancy, or the postpartum period. We discuss the risks and benefits of each treatment, and work closely with your other physicians and healthcare providers to coordinate your care. We offer:

  • Single-visit consultations
  • Ongoing medication management or psychotherapy
  • A unique four-week, intensive outpatient program that uses a variety of group and individual approaches, including cognitive behavior therapy, mindfulness techniques, dialectical behavior therapy, art therapy and peer support. It is the first program of its kind in the Southwestern United states and the only one to provide childcare and concurrent treatment for children.

Common questions we address

  • Is it safe to keep taking my medication during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
  • What is my risk for postpartum depression or anxiety, and how can I prevent it?
  • How can I manage my depression or anxiety without medication?
  • How do I cope with infertility or pregnancy loss?
  • What can I do about mood swings or irritability around my period?

Schedule a consultation

Perlman Medical Offices
9350 Campus Point Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037
Call 858-657-8745 to schedule a consultation.