Depression after Childbirth Evaluation
The evaluation of postpartum depression begins with a history and physical exam.
The physical exam is usually normal.
Testing may be necessary to look for other conditions that could cause symptoms similar to postpartum depression.
Tests that may be used to evaluate postpartum depression include:
- Psychological tests:
- Questionnaires that help to identify depression
- Estrogen levels
- Progesterone levels
- Complete blood count
- Liver profile
- Kidney profile
- Glucose tolerance testing
- Thyroid profile
- Drug abuse screening
- Serum folate
- Vitamin B12 level
Less commonly performed tests that may be used to evaluate postpartum depression include:
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