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Handout: the mills depression and anxiety checklist[c]. (Postpartum Care).

This checklist is not intended to be used to diagnose depression during pregnancy or the months following birth. Instead, it is hoped that it will help you express the way you have been feeling over the past two weeks.

Some of the symptoms and feelings will be hard to admit, but you are urged to be honest, because this will result in a more accurate assessment of your mood. Remember that all new mothers probably will experience the symptoms below some of the time.

Such feelings are part of the adjustment to motherhood. But when mothers feel bad often or most of the time, it is important that you get help from a health professional urgently.

* Try not to feel guilty--you are not to blame.

* At least one in ten new mothers do have clinical depression and anxiety during pregnancy and in the first year after the birth of a baby.

To complete the Checklist, please fill in the appropriate column with one of the numbers that comes closest to the way you have been feeling and thinking during the past two weeks.

0 = not at all

1 = from time to time

2 = quite often

3 = most of the time

When you have completed the checklist go to the bottom of this page to find instructions on how to interpret your results.

Please note the highlighted symptoms and feelings and the comment about them at the end.

It is recommended that you print out the check sheet below but do not look at the scoring levels until you fill out the checklist.
Mills Depression & Anxiety Symptom/Feeling Checklist[c]

Symptoms & Feelings 0 = not at all 1 = from time to time

Appetite change
Being forgetful
Being indecisive
Confused thinking
Crying spells
Fears or fantasies of harming
 yourself or others
Fears or fantasies of
 harming baby
Feeling afraid
Feeling angry
Feeling anxious
Feeling depressed
Feeling fatigued
Feeling frustrated
Feeling guilty
Feeling hopeless
Feeling irritable
Feeling like a bad mother
Feeling lonely
Feeling no love for the baby
Feeling numb
Feeling out of control
Feeling panicky
Feeling that your baby would
 be better off without you
Feeling trapped
Feeling unsupported--that
 no one cares about you
Having scary thoughts
Insomnia/changes in your
 sleep patterns
Loss of concentration
Loss of interest in
 your appearance
Loss of libido--no interest
 in sex
Loss of motivation
Loss of self-esteem
Mood swings
Obsessive thinking--weird
 thoughts keep going around
 in your head
Panic attacks
Pre-occupation with death--
 often thinking about death
 and dying
Suicidal thinking--thinking
 of killing yourself
Unusual conflict and fights
 with people close to you
Unusual physical symptoms--
 headaches, irregular
 heartbeat, nausea, "knot in
 your stomach," etc.
Unusual weight gain or loss
Other

Symptoms & Feelings 2 = quite often 3 = most of the time

Appetite change
Being forgetful
Being indecisive
Confused thinking
Crying spells
Fears or fantasies of harming
 yourself or others
Fears or fantasies of
 harming baby
Feeling afraid
Feeling angry
Feeling anxious
Feeling depressed
Feeling fatigued
Feeling frustrated
Feeling guilty
Feeling hopeless
Feeling irritable
Feeling like a bad mother
Feeling lonely
Feeling no love for the baby
Feeling numb
Feeling out of control
Feeling panicky
Feeling that your baby would
 be better off without you
Feeling trapped
Feeling unsupported--that
 no one cares about you
Having scary thoughts
Insomnia/changes in your
 sleep patterns
Loss of concentration
Loss of interest in
 your appearance
Loss of libido--no interest
 in sex
Loss of motivation
Loss of self-esteem
Mood swings
Obsessive thinking--weird
 thoughts keep going around
 in your head
Panic attacks
Pre-occupation with death--
 often thinking about death
 and dying
Suicidal thinking--thinking
 of killing yourself
Unusual conflict and fights
 with people close to you
Unusual physical symptoms--
 headaches, irregular
 heartbeat, nausea, "knot in
 your stomach," etc.
Unusual weight gain or loss
Other

Score (write total score here) [ ]


Contact a health professional immediately if you have any of these symptoms.

Guidelines for Interpreting Your Total Score

40 or less = mild adjustment difficulties

41-69 = moderate to severe depression and anxiety (If you score above 50, we recommend that you contact a health professional)

70+ = severe depression and anxiety (Urgent: if your score is above 70 consult your health professional, and inform your family immediately).

Please note: The checklist is not intended to indicate and articulate the most common symptoms and feelings of depression and anxiety in pregnancy and during the first year after a baby. And it is not an established diagnostic instrument. This survey is not meant to replace diagnosis or treatment with a qualified healthcare provider

[c] 1999 Liz Mills, Founder-President pndsa (Postnatal Depression Support Association of South Africa) and Executive Board Member of psi (Postpartum Support International); e-mail: liz@pndsa.co.za; http://www.pndsa.co.za
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