The Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale is a widely accepted tool to quantify depressive symptoms. It is helpful in assessing the degree of depressive symptoms and indication for services. It may be a tool as much for your own reflection as for diagnosing depression and tracking results of treatment. Postpartum depression is diagnosed anytime within the year following birth.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a psychiatric diagnosis identified by a cluster of symptoms. Originally a diagnosis created to treat veterans returning from war, it has expanded to numerous other cases. According to experts, post partum PTSD is underdiagnosed and undertreated. The PCL-5 is a self report measure that assesses symptoms of PTSD and can be found here.
Please visit ptsd.va.gov for thorough resource.
See also: Raja, Harita MD "Post partum PTSD: Beyond Postpartum Depression in Maternal Mental Health" https://www.psychiatryadvisor.com/home/topics/anxiety/postpartum-ptsd-beyond-postpartum-depression-in-maternal-mental-health/ Psychiatric Advisor, May 12, 2017
The coaching provided through StoryMorphosis is an excellent adjunct to professional psychiatric treatment and is not a substitute. If you believe your symptoms meet the diagnostic criteria for Depression, Post-Partum Depression or PTSD, I encourage you to seek psychological support. If you ever feel you are a threat to your own safety, at risk of suicide or self harm or a threat to others - reach out! You can always contact emergency services, dial 911, and secure your safety. Here's the link to the national suicide hotline. https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ 1-800-273-8255, available 24/7.