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How do I Know if I Have Perinatal Depression or Anxiety?

Only a trained health care or mental health professional can tell you whether you have Perinatal Depression or Anxiety. However, the following checklist can help you know whether you have some of the common symptoms.

Are you feeling…?

  • Sad or hopeless, or like you cannot cope
  • Little interest or pleasure in doing things
  • Overwhelmed or stressed
  • Worthless or guilty
  • Worried or restless
  • Irritable or angry
  • Like crying

Do you have…?

  • Trouble concentrating, remembering or making decisions
  • Little or no energy
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Thoughts that scare or disturb you
  • Thoughts or plans of hurting yourself or your baby

Are you…?

  • Pulling away from friends and family
  • Afraid to be alone with your baby
  • Losing interest in bathing, fixing your hair or getting dressed
  • Eating too much or too little
  • Not feeling connected to or concerned about your baby
  • Seeing or hearing things that others don’t

**If you have the symptoms in red print, you may have a serious condition called psychosis. This is an emergency. See your doctor right away.

Sometimes family and friends notice your symptoms of depression before you do. Love and support can help but may not be enough. If your symptoms do not go away within 2 weeks, you should see a healthcare provider or counselor for treatment. When you get the right treatment, you will feel better.