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Postpartum Depression - Exams and Tests

For part of your postpartum checkup, your doctor typically asks you about your moods and emotions.

Your doctor may check your thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels to make sure a thyroid problem isn't causing any depression symptoms.

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Understanding Postpartum Depression -- Symptoms

Symptoms of postpartum depression (PDD) can be divided into three categories: Postpartum blues ("baby blues"): Very short in duration, may not require formal treatment but supportive care only. Postpartum depression: Lasts longer, is more debilitating, and requires medical care. Postpartum psychosis: Most severe form, requires aggressive psychiatric care. There are many possible symptoms of postpartum depression, including the following: Inability to sleep or...

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Early detection

If you have had depression, postpartum depression, or postpartum psychosis before, are now pregnant and have depression, or have bipolar disorder, ask your doctor and family members to watch you closely. Some experts suggest that high-risk women have their first postnatal checkup 3 or 4 weeks after childbirth, rather than the usual 6 weeks.

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Last Updated: April 16, 2012
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