With 1 in 7 new moms experiencing postpartum depression or anxiety, it's important for all of us to start talking more about it.
While PPD/PPA can affect anyone, regardless of ethnicity, social class, or economic status, there are several factors that puts a woman at higher risk for developing PPD/PPA.
Asking these 8 simple questions can help you figure out if you are at an increased risk:
1) Is it difficult for you to ask for help
2) Were you depressed or anxious after your last baby or during your pregnancy?
3) Have you been depressed or anxious in the past?
4) Was your mother, sister, and/or aunt depressed after their babies were born?
5) Is your family far away and do you have few friends nearby?
6) Is it sometimes hard for you to slow down?
7) Have you had trouble with hormones and moods, especially before your period?
8) Do you not have the money, food, and/or housing you need?
If you answered 'Yes' to 3 or more of these questions, you are at higher risk for developing postpartum depression or anxiety. The good news is there is help if you are struggling. You are not alone, and you do not have to suffer alone!! Talk to someone about how you are feeling. If you find that you are not able to get the support you need from your family and friends, join a support group or contact a therapist who specializes in maternal mental health.