Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale

A simple screening tool for postpartum depression is the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS). If possible, print this out and underline your answers. Once you answer all of the questions, you can add up your score.

If you score 10 or higher, there is a possibility of Postpartum Depression / Anxiety (PPDA).
If you answer yes to question 10, please call for help immediately.

Please CHOOSE the answer that comes closest to how you have felt IN THE PAST 7 DAYS, not just how you feel today.

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

0 - As much as I always could
1 - Not quite so much now
2 - Definitely not so much now

3 - Not at all

2. I have looked forward with enjoyment to things.

0 - As much as I ever did
1 - Rather less than I used to
2 - Definitely less than I used to
3 - Hardly at all

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

3 - Yes, most of the time
2 - Yes, some of the time

1 - Not very often
0 - No, never

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

0 - No, not at all
1 - Hardly ever

2 - Yes, sometimes
3 - Yes, very often

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

3 - Yes, quite a lot
2 - Yes, sometimes
1 - No, not much
0 - No, not at all

6. Things have been getting on top of me.

3 - Yes, most of the time I haven't been able to cope at all
2 - Yes, sometimes I haven't been coping
as well as usual
1 - No, most of the time I have coped quite well
0 - No, I have been coping as well as ever

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

3 - Yes, most of the time
2 - Yes, sometimes
1 - Not very often
0 - No, not at all

8. I have felt sad or miserable.

3 - Yes, most of the time
2 - Yes, quite often
1 - Not very often
0 - No, not at all

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

3 - Yes, most of the time
2 - Yes, quite often
1 - Only occasionally
0 - No, never

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

3 - Yes, quite often
2 - Sometimes
1 - Hardly ever
0 – Never

There is help and Postpartum Depression and Anxiety are treatable.

Find out more information about Postpartum Depression including signs and symptoms here.

Where to find help:

See your doctor! Let them know what you are feeling and asked to have your thyroid checked (thyroid dysfunction can look like PPDA). They may also have local resources.

Postpartum Support International is also an amazing organization with many resources and service providers.