Could I have Postpartum Depression (PPD)?
- have a change in appetite?
- have trouble sleeping?
- worry about little things?
- cry at the slightest thing?
- snap at your husband?
- isolate yourself?
- worry you will never feel like yourself again?
- think everyone else is a better mother than you?
- no longer enjoy things you used to?
- fear leaving your house or being alone?
- have anxiety attacks?
- have difficulty concentrating?
- have unexplained anger, irritability or rage?
- have unexpected, even disturbing thoughts or images in your mind?
- feel that there is no hope to feel better?
If you answered yes to more than three of these questions, you may have postpartum depression. One out of every four or five mothers will experience postpartum depression. And this is not your fault, you are not alone and with help, you will feel better. (Checklist adapted from Postpartum Stress Centre, Philadelphia, PA.)
Postpartum depression can be treated and the earlier you intervene, the easier your recovery will be. PPD can also be experienced by fathers, and adoptive mothers.