Only a trained health care provider or mental health professional can diagnose postpartum depression. However, the following checklist can help you know whether you have some of the common symptoms.
Check the statements that sound familiar to you. If you mark more than one symptom, speak with your health care provider.
During the past week:
¤ I have not been able to see the funny side of things.
¤ I have not looked forward to the things I usually enjoy.
¤ I have often blamed myself for things that were not my fault.
¤ I have been nervous or worried for no good reason.
¤ I have felt scared or panicked for no good reason.
¤ Things have been getting on my nerves so much that I cannot cope.
¤ I have been so sad that I have had difficulty sleeping.
¤ I have been so sad that I have been crying.
¤ The thought of harming myself, my baby or others has occurred to me.
Struggling with postpartum depression?
Sheila Ward, APRN, psychiatric nurse practitioner with Norton Women’s Counseling Services, offers outpatient treatment for postpartum depression and other mental health issues. She also hosts a postpartum depression support group for women every Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon at Marshall Women’s Health & Education Center at Norton Suburban Hospital, future home of Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital – St. Matthews. To make an appointment for an office visit or to register for the support group, call (502) 899-6220.