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What Is Postpartum Depression?
Having a baby is one of the most important events in one’s life. However, feelings of sadness and even depression often accompany childbirth for many women.
“Baby blues”, crying easily, feeling irritable or on edge, is a heightened emotional state that occurs in more than half of new mothers. Generally, the “baby blues” goes away after a few weeks.
According to Mental Health America of Greater Houston, it occurs in 1 out of 8 women after having a baby.
Take this postpartum quiz if you are wondering if your symptoms could indicate something more serious. Postpartum depression is temporary and can get better with treatment.
NOTE: This quiz does not provide a diagnosis.
Review Your Quiz Score
If your score indicates symptoms of postpartum depression, talking to a therapist can help. Consider the symptoms you experienced before and after birth.
When Does Postpartum Depression Start?
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.
Postpartum can begin anytime with the first year, symptoms are more intense and last longer. New moms can also experience increased anxiety or obsessive/compulsive symptoms.
Risk factors include previous or family history of depression, intense hormonal changes after childbirth, stressful life events, a poor relationship with a partner, and weak social support.
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.
This is not your fault!
Follow Up To The Postpartum Depression Quiz
No matter what the results of your postpartum depression test say, you wouldn’t have taken this test if you weren’t feeling something.
You aren’t alone. And if you are feeling a lack of support, we have the answer. Take a look at our Motherhood & Postpartum Support Group.
And if you need to have an individual experience, you can book an appointment below.