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How will my doctor check symptoms that might be postpartum depression?

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If you have symptoms of postpartum depression, your doctor will check on how severe they are. They may ask whether you have thoughts harming yourself or your baby. Your doctor will also ask about other mood-related symptoms to see if it's postpartum depression or another condition. You may also get a test to make sure your thyroid is working properly. Hypothyroidism can cause the same symptoms as postpartum depression.

SOURCES: 

American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th ed. 2000. 

Stewart, D. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 2004

The Journal of the American Medical Association. “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” Vol. 315, No. 4, January 26, 2016.

Wisner K. et al, New England Journal of Medicine, 2002.

Bérard A, BMJ Open, Jan. 12, 2017.

 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on August 30, 2020

SOURCES: 

American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th ed. 2000. 

Stewart, D. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 2004

The Journal of the American Medical Association. “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” Vol. 315, No. 4, January 26, 2016.

Wisner K. et al, New England Journal of Medicine, 2002.

Bérard A, BMJ Open, Jan. 12, 2017.

 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on August 30, 2020

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