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How are you really feeling?


If you answer “Yes” to even some of the above questions, please talk to your health care provider as soon as possible. You may have a perinatal mental illness. Only a qualified health care professional can make this diagnosis. Early diagnosis and early treatment can help lead to a full recovery. Print off a copy of this checklist, fill it in, and share it with your health care provider to better help them understand your symptoms.


  • Do you feel like something isn’t quite right?
  • Are you nervous about leaving your partner and child alone?
  • Do you think your partner answers “Yes” to many of these questions?

If you feel your partner or loved one might answer “Yes” to many of the above questions, learn more about how you can help and support them on our Get Help for Partners and Friends and Family pages.

Screening Tools

If you think you may be affected by a perinatal mental illness, you may want to screen yourself using the following screening tool and bring the results to your doctor. Please know that screening high does not give a diagnosis. Only a health care professional can do so. However, it may provide an icebreaker for your visit.

The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS)