Alternate Names : Baby Blues
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.