PPD self-test

Below is a validated screening tool for both Pregnancy and Postpartum Depression/Anxiety. Those with any other reproductive health concerns such as infertility, adoption, or loss can also utilize this self-test.

QUIZ: Are you suffering from Postpartum Depression?

The Edinburgh Post Natal Depression Scale (EPDS)
(J.L. Cox, J.M. Holden, R. Sagovsky, Department of Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh)T.
Instructions: Please select the answer which comes closest to how you have felt in the past 7 days – not just how you feel today.Here is an example, already completed:
I have felt happy:
a. Yes, all the time
b. Yes, most of the time

c. No, not very often
d. No, not at all
This would mean “I have felt happy most of the time during the past week.”Please take a pen and paper and answer the following 10 questions by choosing the appropriate response.In 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

How to calculate your score:

~ Score each item as follows, then add them together for your total score:

1. A=0; B=1; C=2; D=3     ________

2. A=0; B=1; C=2; D=3     ________

3. A=3; B=2; C=1; D=0     ________

4. A=0; B=1; C=2; D=3     ________

5. A=3; B=2; C=1; D=0     ________

6. A=3; B=2; C=1; D=0     ________

7. A=3; B=2; C=1; D=0     ________

8. A=3; B=2; C=1; D=0     ________

9. A=3; B=2; C=1; D=0     ________

10. A=3; B=2; C=1; D=0    _______

Total Score                                       ________

~ If your score is 10 or greater, there is a high probability that you are experiencing Postpartum Depression. If you answered anything other than a 0 on question #10 please reach out for help today. Call your healthcare provider or myself to make an appointment. Other resources include calling Postpartum Support International at 1-800-944-4PPD  or www.postpartum.net for other resources in your area.