Postpartum Support


What is Postpartum Depression?


Postpartum depression is depression suffered by a mother following childbirth, typically arising from the combination of hormonal changes, psychological adjustment to motherhood, and fatigue however the symptoms of depression could be displayed during any phase of Perinatal. It is the most under-diagnosed obstetric complication in the US as of 2010. Because the burden of depression and other mental health distress is so high for mothers and their children and is often overlooked. It is the most common complication of childbearing. This 10-question self-rating scale has been proven to be an efficient and effective way of identifying patients at risk for “perinatal” depression. While this test was specifically designed for women who are pregnant or have just had a baby, it has also been shown to be an effective measure for general depression in the larger population.


Where is ideal place of administration of test?

Ideally, the self-report screening questionnaire should be provided in a private setting. It should be introduced by a practitioner in caring and informative manner and in client’s native language. 


When should this tool be used to screen for Depression in Women?

· First prenatal visit

· At least once in second trimester

· At least once in third trimester

· Six-week postpartum obstetrical visit (or at first postpartum visit)

· Repeated screening at 6 and/or 12 months in OB and primary care settings

· 3, 9, and 12 month pediatric visits


Please select the answer that comes closest to how you have felt in the past 7 days: 


1. I have been able to laugh and see the funny side of things. 

a. As much as I always could

b. Not quite so much now 

c. Definitely not so much now 

d. Not at all 


2. I have looked forward with enjoyment to things

a. As much as I ever did. 

b. Rather less than I used to 

c. Definitely less than I used to 

d. Hardly at all


3. I have blamed myself unnecessarily when things went wrong. 

a. Yes, most of the time 

b. Yes, some of the time 

c. Not very often 

d. No, never 


4. I have been anxious of worried for no good reason. 

a. No not at all 

b. Hardly ever 

c. Yes, sometimes

d. Yes, very often 


5. I have felt scared or panicky for no very good reason. 

a. Yes, quite a lot 

b. Yes, sometimes 

c. No, not much

d. No, not at all 


6. Things have been getting on top of me. 

a. Yes, most of the time I haven’t been able to cope at all

b. Yes, sometimes I haven’t been coping as well as usual 

c. No, most of the time I have coped quite well

d. No, I have been coping as well as ever 


7. I have been so unhappy that I have had difficulty sleeping. 

a. Yes, most of the time

b. Yes, sometimes 

c. Not very often

d. No, not at all 


8. I have felt sad or miserable. 

a. Yes, most of the time

b. Yes, sometimes 

c. Not very often 

d. No, not at all 


9. I have been so unhappy that I have been crying. 

a. Yes, most of the time

b. Yes, quite often

c. Only occasionally 

d. No, never


10. The thought of harming myself has occurred to me. 

a. Yes, quite often 

b. Sometimes

c. Hardly ever 

d. Never 


If you scored between 8-10 then please schedule a free 15 minute consultation with me to see what services would best suit your needs. If not please reach out to your local Women’s Health Provider or the nearest Mental Health Facility to participate in therapy services or call the number below. 


Resources: 

Postpartum Support International (PSI) www.postpartum.net or 800-944-4PP

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