Do You Have Postpartum Depression?
After having a baby, you may notice changes in your mood. For some people this is the “baby blues.” However, for up 30% of new moms, mood fluctuations could indicate postpartum depression, which is a more serious form of depression.
Take this postpartum quiz if you are wondering if your symptoms could indicate something more serious.
Remember, if you are feeling overwhelmed or concerned at all about how you are feeling, please reach out to a healthcare professional. A professional can do a thorough screening for you and help connect you to resources that can help.
- Cox J, Holden J, Sagovsky R. (1987) Detection of postnatal depression: development of the 10-item Edinburgh postnatal depression scale. Brit J Psychiatry 150: 782-86. Developed as the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale and validated for use in both pregnancy and in the postnatal period to assess for possible depression and anxiety.
- Thoughts of suicide, harming yourself or your baby can accompany depression and anxiety. If you are feeling this way, it is important to consult your doctor, local hospital, 911, or call a suicide hotline for emergency support. National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: LifeLine1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
© 1987 The Royal College of Psychiatrists. The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (British Journal of Psychiatry, 150, 782-786) is reproduced with permission.