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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. She 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: , 4th ed. 2000.  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Stewart, D. 2004 Journal of Clinical Psychiatry,

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

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

Bérard A , , Jan. 12, 2017. BMJ Open

 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on April 11, 2018

SOURCES: 

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

Stewart, D. 2004 Journal of Clinical Psychiatry,

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

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

Bérard A , , Jan. 12, 2017. BMJ Open

 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on April 11, 2018

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