The following checklists and handouts can be helpful for:

Individuals:  You can use these tools to help you determine if you need to talk to a doctor/provider about your symptoms.  You   can also print off the tools and take them with you to your doctor/provider for review.

Providers:  These tools can be used for screening to help you in diagnosis and treatment for patients.

Take this test: Do you have a perinatal Mood or Anxiety Disorder?


Below is a list of symptoms that pertain to perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. If you are struggling, or are experiencing any of the symptoms below, please speak with your healthcare provider.

Are you feeling sad, depressed, or overwhelmed?
Do you feel more irritable or angry with those around you?
Are you having difficulty bonding with your baby?
Do you feel anxious or panicky?
Are you having problems with eating or sleeping?
Are you having upsetting thoughts that you can't get out of your mind?
Do you feel as if you are "out of control" or "going crazy"?
Do you feel like you never should have become a mother?
Do you feel guilty, or think you are a "bad mom"?
Are you having thoughts about harming yourself or your baby, or are you worried you might act on those thoughts?

You may print this self-test to take to your healthcare provider.

Other Screening & Assessment Tools:

This 10-question self-rating scale has been proven to be an efficient and effective way of identifying patients at risk for “perinatal” depression.  This is the most common form of screen used in most doctors offices.

This is a 9 question screening tool that is also used regularly in doctors offices to identify risk factors or severity of perinatal depression.

This is a screening tool used in Australia specific to Perinatal Anxiety.  The Edinburgh and PHQ-9 fail to ask questions specific to anxiety/OCD so this could be a very helpful tool if you find that your symptoms more closely relate to anxiety than to depression.

This is a screening tool to help you determine what social support you might have.  It can be helpful in getting you to think through what type of support you need to build for optimal mental health.

City Birth Trauma Scale

A screening tool that asks questions about your birth experience, how you feel about it, and to help determine if you experienced trauma during your birth. The City Birth Trauma Scale.pdf

Helpful Handouts:

This tool will help identify risk factors that may put someone at risk for developing a PMAD. The higher the number of factors, the higher the risk.

Medication & Pregnancy/Breastfeeding

This handout shares evidence-based information about taking anti-depressants during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It can be shared with your provider, as well!

Additional trusted resources for lactation:
Thomas Hale's MedsMilk
MassGen Center for Women's Mental Health

Mental Health Emergency?  
  Go to the nearest Emergency Room
       Call 911      NAMI MN Crisis Resources (click here).

PPSM (PSI-MN) Mailing address:
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Ste 111-167
Minneapolis 55401

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