Take A Depression Test For Postpartum Depression

The Edinburgh Post Natal Depression Scale

You can take a depression test for postpartum depression using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. This postpartum depression scale was created in 1987 to help doctors determine whether a mother may be suffering from postpartum depression. It is the most widely used tool when a woman wants to take a depression test to see if she has postpartum depression.

If you suspect you might be suffering from postpartum depression, you can take this postpartum depression scale quiz and share the results with your doctor. It's a great step in assessing your current postpartum state.

(Click on this link if you would prefer to be taken to a printable postpartum depression test). 

Instructions:

To correctly take a depression test with this postpartum depression scale, please select the answer which comes closest to how you have felt DURING THE PAST 7 DAYS ONLY – not just how you feel today.

Answer the following ten questions by choosing the appropriate response. 

To score the postpartum depression scale when you have finished, click on the link at the bottom of the page.

DURING THE PAST 7 DAYS:

1. I have been able to laugh and see the funny side of things.

  • a. As much as I always could
  • b. Not quite so much now
  • c. Definitely not so much now
  • d. Not at all


2. I have looked forward with enjoyment to things.

  • a. As much as I ever did
  • b. Rather less than I used to
  • c. Definitely less than I used to
  • d. Hardly at all


3. I have blamed myself unnecessarily when things went wrong.

  • a. Yes, most of the time
  • b. Yes, some of the time
  • c. Not very often
  • d. No, never


4. I have been anxious or worried for no good reason.

  • a. No, not at all
  • b. Hardly ever
  • c. Yes, sometimes
  • d. Yes, very often


5. I have felt scared or panicky for no good reason.

  • a. Yes, quite a lot
  • b. Yes, sometimes
  • c. No, not much
  • d. No, not at all


6. Things have been getting on top of me.

  • a. Yes, most of the time I haven’t been able to cope at all
  • b. Yes, sometimes I haven’t been coping as well as usual
  • c. No, most of the time I have coped quite well
  • d. No, I have been coping as well as ever


7. I have been so unhappy that I have had difficulty sleeping.

  • a. Yes, most of the time
  • b. Yes, some of the time
  • c. Not very often
  • d. No, not at all


8. I have felt sad or miserable.

  • a. Yes, most of the time
  • b. Yes, some of the time
  • c. Not very often
  • d. No, not at all


9. I have been so unhappy that I have been crying.

  • a. Yes, most of the time
  • b. Yes, quite often
  • c. Only occasionally
  • d. No, never


10. The thought of harming myself has occurred to me.

  • a. Yes, quite often
  • b. Sometimes
  • c. Hardly ever
  • d. Never


References: British Journal of Psychiatry June, 1987, Vol. 150 by J.L. Cox, J.M. Holden, R. Sagovsky.

Scoring:

To score your answers from this postpartum depression screening quiz, click here 


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