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Mental health checklist: find out if your mood swings are normal

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Mental health checklist: find out if your mood swings are normal

Mood swings or depression during pregnancy and within the first year after delivery can happen to any woman, regardless of age, income level, or race. 

We prepared this checklist to help you track your mood and symptoms so you know whether what you go through is normal or not.

Mental health checklist
The following are some questions you can ask yourself:

This checklist is not a diagnostic tool; it only serves as a guide for you to explore your mental state to know if you need to seek help. If one or more of those questions apply to you, you might be experiencing a form of mental health disorder, or have a mental issue that needs to be resolved. Seek professional help to get diagnosed and plan for treatment.

Risk factors
Knowing these risk factors of postpartum depression and mood disorders can help you communicate more effectively with your family and healthcare provider so they can put a strong self-care plan in place for you. You are at a higher risk of postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety if:

If you have one or more of these risk factors, try to observe your mood regularly. Mention it to your friends and family so they can look out for any of the symptoms of depression. Also, discuss it with your doctor. With the right help, anyone can prevent a worsening of the symptoms and can recover fully.

Thank you note
This discussion too was made in collaboration and with the support of the Pranaiya & Arthur Magoffin Foundation — Better Well-Being for Parent & Baby.

Verified:

Ketsupa Jirakarn (Mental health specialist) (1 August 2022)

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