Information for Community Members

Know the Symptoms


Signs and Symptoms

  • Sleep disturbance
  • Changes in appetite
  • Feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, guilt and despair
  • Feeling inadequate
  • Anxious and/or irritable
  • Feeling emotionally distant
  • Lack of interest in baby, family and friends
  • Obsessing over baby’s safety

How Do I Know?

There are screening tools that can help indicate whether you may have maternal depression. A diagnosis, however, can only come from a medical or mental health provider.  You can print a screen here, answer the questions and take it to your doctor.  However,  if you score high on the screen, it is very important that you seek help immediately.


What Can I Do?

Although it is often difficult for women to take time for themselves, self-care is important.  In fact,  it is very important to your family and baby.  Select the link to the right to  develop a self-care plan. More importantly,  find someone you can talk to such as a family member, friend, or professional!

  • Care plan

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