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Postpartum Depression

Alternate Names : Baby Blues

Postpartum Depression | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

How is the condition diagnosed?

There are several tools a woman can use to screen for postpartum depression. These are designed to help her recognize the signs and symptoms of the problem so she can seek help. This may include a list of questions such as:

  • Are you experiencing difficulty sleeping?
  • Do you feel anxious, tense, or panicked much of the day?
  • Do you find yourself crying uncontrollably for unexplained reasons?
  • Is it difficult for you to concentrate?
  • Are you filled with self-doubt and lacking in self-esteem?
  • Have you experienced sudden changes in appetite?
  • Are you feeling totally exhausted and lacking in enthusiasm for things that once seemed pleasurable?
  • Do you feel more distant from your spouse or partner?
  • Do you often feel helpless, hopeless, and unable to cope?
  • Are you overly concerned about the health of your baby, constantly worrying about what could go wrong?
  • Do you feel like most days you are out of control or going crazy?
  • Do you ever think of hurting yourself or your baby?
  • If a woman answers yes to any of these questions, she may be at risk for postpartum depression. The woman should have a comprehensive evaluation for depression. The evaluation may include a medical history, physical exam, and lab tests.

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    Author: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 09/25/01

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