Postpartum Depression QuizPostpartum Depression Quiz, the Edinburg Postnatal Depression Scale

This Postpartum Depression Quiz is a short ten question quiz designed for women who are pregnant or who just had a child.  Here is the link to the Postpartum Depression Quiz,  Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. The beauty of this quiz, is you can rate yourself before and after treatment to track your progress.

The earlier the diagnosis the better the prognosis.

In other words, if we can catch the illness before it progresses further, (in the early stages) then we can ensure a quicker recovery.  Advice for anyone suffering depression, do not read Facebook.  Something about social media further amplifies the loneliness and isolation that a person suffering any depression has. I believe it is that on Facebook we present our most successful selves and rarely does one announce on Facebook that they are having a terrible day, week or month. All social media should be avoided.  Instagram is difficult because it is visual and triggers feelings of FOMO.  Fear of missing out. The person becomes a puppy shut outside looking into the house with his or her nose to the window of a social (media) gathering.  Awful.

Patience when in pain.

It is never empowering to peruse social media, we are all alone together is the theme when doing so.  And then reading tragedy, the news, etc., is dangerous as well, because people who suffer depression tend towards being empaths. Meaning, we feel everything.  So reading about people suffering causes a person with depression to suffer as well. It is dangerous. One important component is to remember that those other people suffering in the world, as well as, you, are stronger than you realize.  You do have the capacity to fully heal. Depression comes in waves.  With self care and more rest, you will feel most likely better,over time... please be patient.  And most importantly: One day at a time.  You are more than what you are feeling, and you also are what you are feeling.  What you are feeling moves. You will change, you will grow. We are always changing, and we can always choose whether to grow up or down.

Today you may feel awful, tomorrow you may feel a little bit better.  Life has an interesting way of surprising us when we least expect it.  The writer of E squared calls it the Dude Abides Effect, which is both hilarious and true.

 

The Big Lebowski: Are you employed, sir?
The Dude: Employed?
The Big Lebowski: You don’t go out looking for a job dressed like that? On a weekday?
The Dude: Is this a… what day is this?
The Big Lebowski: Well, I do work sir, so if you don’t mind…
The Dude: I do mind, the Dude minds. This will not stand, ya know, this aggression will not stand, man.