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Postpartum Depression Risk Assessment

It's natural to feel strong emotions when you're pregnant and just after you've had a baby. You may feel elated, or you may feel sad. Many women have the "baby blues" just after birth. They feel sad, impatient, or irritable. These feelings usually go away in a week or two. They don't always need to be treated by a health care provider. For some women, feelings of sadness are much more intense. These intense feelings are called postpartum depression, or PPD. Changes in hormones and brain chemistry are linked to PPD; these are not things you can control, and you may need help. Postpartum depression can be treated with medication and counseling.

This assessment asks you questions to help you figure out your risk for postpartum depression.

Author: Lambert, J.G. M.D.
Online Source: Postpartum depression, American Psychological Associationhttp://www.apa.org/pi/women/resources/reports/postpartum-depression-brochure-2007.pdf <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
Online Source: Depression during and after pregnancy, Office on Women's Healthhttp://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/depression-pregnancy.html <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
Online Source: Postpartum Depression, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologistshttps://www.acog.org/~/media/For%20Patients/faq091.pdf?dmc=1&ts=20130501T1304312685 <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
Online Source: What is postpartum depression? American Psychiatric Associationhttps://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/postpartum-depression/what-is-postpartum-depression <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
Online Editor: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Medical Reviewer: Burd, Irina, MD, PhD
Online Medical Reviewer: Goode, Paula, RN, BSN, MSN
Date Last Reviewed: 5/1/2017