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Center for Women's Behavioral Health
2 Dudley Street
1st Floor
Providence, RI 02905
P: (401) 453-7955

Spanish speaking staff members are available in the department, and the hospital has interpreters in other languages available upon request.

Maternal Depression: How Do You Know?

How do you know if you need professional help for your mood before, during and after pregnancy? Answer the following questions honestly.

  • Have you been much more down, depressed, sad than usual?
  • Have you been unable to sleep because your thoughts are on overdrive?
  • Have you, or others, noticed that you've been much more irritable or short-tempered?
  • Have you found yourself crying "out of the blue"?
  • Has your stomach been "in a knot" to the point that you can't eat?
  • Have you been more jumpy, shaky, or jittery?
  • Have you noticed that things you normally look forward to are no longer fun or interesting?
  • Have you noticed that you have a hard time concentrating or are excessively distracted?
  • Is it harder for you to "get going" or find the energy and motivation to do things that normally come easily?
  • Have you thought of killing yourself?
  • Have you experienced thoughts or images that frighten or upset you?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may have a perinatal mood disorder. The Center for Women's Behavioral Health and our Day Hospital can help. Call us at (401) 453-7955, or (401) 274-1122, ext. 42870.