Postpartum Depression: PPD Screenings

If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression, a PPD Screening can help you figure out what's going on. Dr. Judy Greene describes where to access the most reputable PPD screenings, what to expect on the questionnaire, and where you can find help.

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If you're feeling symptoms of postpartum depression or you're wondering do I have postpartum depression, postpartum depression screens can be a really good tool. To tease out whether or not you meet the criteria for postpartum depression. They are readily available on the internet and the most common and validated postpartum depression screens are the EPDS which stands for the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale and the PHQ-9 which stands for the Patient Health. Questionnaire you can easily find a post partum depression screen online a really good resource is post partum support international some examples of questions on the screening items for post partum depression for example on the PHQ 9 include in the last two weeks have you been feeling depressed. Have you been having a difficult time enjoying things that you typically enjoy? And have you been having any thoughts of not wanting to be alive or any suicidal thoughts? And, obviously, some of the symptoms overlap with just simply being a new mom like not getting enough sleep. But one of the real indicators is that if you're having trouble sleeping, even when your baby is fast asleep. That's a hallmark of postpartum depression. Talking to your medical provider, whether it's your obstetrician or gynecologist, your baby's pediatrician, your midwife, a lactation consultant,. All of these providers can connect you to a mental health clinician to really make a good evaluation, and come up with a treatment plan. [MUSIC]

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