Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Perinatal Depression Symptoms

Perinatal depression may include any of the following signs and symptoms: 

o   sadness;

o   loss of interest or pleasure (anhedonia);

o   loss of appetite;

o   sleep disturbances;

o   tearfulness;

o   feelings of guilt;

o   difficulties with concentration;

o   loss of focus;

o   difficulties with decision making and thought processes;

o   suicidal ideation;

o   excessive worrying;

o   irritability;

o   mood swings;

o   anxiety;

o   self doubt in activities, such as care-taking of the infant;

o   low self-esteem;

o   hopelessness;

o   low energy;

o   changes in physical appearance; and

o   fear of being alone with the baby due to difficulties with coping.


Women and Children
Assessment and Interventions Perinatal Depression
Background Information