THE CENTER FOR POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION

EDINBOROUGH POSTNATAL TEST

If you have symptoms of depression in pregnancy or the postpartum, these ten questions may help you decide whether you should seek professional assistance.

Please answer which comes closest to how you have felt in the past 7 days.

1. I have been able to laugh and see the funny side of things As much as I always could
Not quite so much now
Not so much now
Not at all
2. I have looked forward with enjoyment to things. As much as I ever did
Somewhat less than I used to
A lot less than I used to
Hardly at all
3. I have blamed myself unnecessarily when things went wrong No, not at all
Hardly ever
Yes, sometimes
Yes, very often
4. I have been anxious or worried for no good reason Yes, often
Yes, sometimes
No, not much
No, not at all
5. I have felt scared or panicky for no good reason Yes, often
Yes, sometimes
No, not much
No, not at all
6. Things have been too much for me. Yes, most of the time I haven’t been able to cope at all
Yes, sometimes I haven’t been coping as well as usual
No, most of the time I have coped well
No, I have been coping as well as ever
7. I have been so unhappy that I have had difficult sleeping. Yes, most of the time
Yes, sometimes
Not very often
No, not at all
8. I have felt sad or miserable Yes, most of the time
Yes, quite often
Not very often
No, not at all
9. I have been so unhappy that I have been crying Yes, most of the time
Yes, quite often
Only occasionally
No, never
10. The thought of harming myself has occurred to me Yes, quite often
Sometimes
Hardly ever
Never

Total Score: 0

Scoring: A score greater than 12 indicates that depression is likely and further assessment with a healthcare professional is recommended. The EPDS is an assessment tool and should not override clinical judgment. A clinical assessment should confirm the diagnosis.