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Postpartum Depression & Anxiety

Postpartum depression (PPD) is a real illness caused in biology, psychology, environment, and hormones. PPD is the most common complication of childbirth. PPD affects up to 20% of mothers anytime in the first year after delivery. Read one mom's personal story here.

Postpartum Depression Self-Test:The Edinburgh Scale is well-known as a tool for new mothers to determine whether or they might have postpartum depression. Do you think you might have postpartum depression (PPD)? Take this simple test and use the scoring system indicated below. You should complete the test yourself. You are asked to check the answer that comes closest to how you have been feeling in the last 7 days.

In the last 7 days:

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

  1. As much as I always could
  2. Not quite so much now
  3. Definitely not so much now
  4. Not at all

2. I have looked forward with enjoyment to things:

  1. As much as I ever did
  2. Rather less than I used to
  3. Definitely less than I used to
  4. Hardly at all

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

  1. Yes, most of the time
  2. Yes, some of the time
  3. Not very often
  4. No, never

4. I have been anxious or worried for no good reason:

  1. No, not at all
  2. Hardly ever
  3. Yes, sometimes
  4. Yes, very often

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

  1. Yes, quite a lot
  2. Yes, sometimes
  3. No, not much
  4. No, not at all

*6. Things have been getting on top of me:

  1. Yes, most of the time
  2. I haven't been able to cope at all
  3. Yes, sometimes I haven't been coping as well as usual
  4. No, most of the time I have coped quite well
  5. No, I have been coping as well as ever

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

  1. Yes, most of the time
  2. Yes, sometimes
  3. Not very often
  4. Not at all

*8. I have felt sad or miserable:

  1. Yes, most of the time
  2. Yes, quite often
  3. Not very often
  4. No, not at all

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

  1. Yes, most of the time
  2. Yes, quite often
  3. Only occasionally
  4. No, never

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

  1. Yes, often
  2. Sometimes
  3. Hardly ever
  4. Never

Scoring

1, 2 and 4 without an asterisk: Answer number 1 is valued at 0 points; number 2 at 1, answer 3 at 2 and answer 4 at a value of 3 points

3, 5-10 with an asterisk: Answer number 1 is valued at 3 points, answer 2 is 2, answer 3 is 1 and answer number 4 is valued at 0 points.

Maximum Score: 30 points

Possible Depression: Score of 10 or higher. If you have a score of 10 or higher, be sure to contact your medical provider as soon as possible. If you scored answer 1 to question 10, seek help immediately.

Local Support:

UNC Center for Women's Mood Disorders: call 984-974-5217, option #3 or womensmooddisorders@med.unc.edu

Women's Birth & Wellness Center: call 919-933-3301, ext 207, or email Nancy Albrecht at nancy@ncbirthcenter.org

NC Center for Resiliency: call 919-323-2071, leave a message & their scheduler will call you back same day

Every June, FIT4MOM and local wellness providers join together in hosting a "Climb Out of the Darkness" hike to bring awareness to postpartum mood disorders. We walk together in solidarity and support of one another.