Depression Stay At Home Mom: The Depression Test and Checklist
Postpartum Depression Help
If you have a read over my previous article for Postpartum Depression Help, then you will see my definition of what it felt like for me.
For anyone struggling with Depression and Anxiety Disorder, I want you to know that there is help out there, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and with some hard work and dedication you will get through this.
PPD for me, was not going to go away on its own. After the initial apparent “PPD phase” was supposed to be over (after the first year) I still continued to struggle. What is wrong with me? Is this just how I will feel forever now? The answer is that this is not your fault, it is common and you can get help.
Here is a checklist I have created to try and get you headed in the right direction to start feeling like your badass self again!
1. Postpartum Depression Test
Again, I am not a doctor, but I am a mom that severely struggled with PPD. Here are the links to the exact tests that my doctor had me fill out when I had my first PPD appointment. It will give you an idea how deep into it you are and if you should seek help.
This test is out of 27, with 27/27 being severe depression. Remember, it is normal to score some points as you are human and have just gone through one of the biggest stressors in life (having a baby)!
This test is out of 21, with 21/21 being severe anxiety. Again, having some points in only human!
2. Make A Doctor Appointment
Now that you have taken the tests, the second step is to please make a doctor appointment and share your results. You and your doctor should set up an action plan to begin recovering.
3. Talk To Someone
Talk to someone. Your doctor may refer you to a psychologist or therapist. In my case, because I am a military wife I received counselling through the military support system. This is where you can work through any trauma from your pregnancy or labour and delivery. Tell them your fears, worry’s and concerns. The more transparent you are, the better they can