The Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale – Postpartum Depression Questionnaire
The Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale (EPDS) is a tool used by healthcare professionals to assess your risk and severity of postpartum depression. The tool is in the style of a questionnaire.
If you think you may be suffering with postpartum depression it is important to identify as soon as possible. The postpartum depression questionnaire is usually done within the the first 6-8 weeks after birth.
Furthermore we strongly recommend you take this questionnaire in the presence of your GP or Health Visitor.
Postpartum Depression is common after birth and affects 1 in 10 woman. Therefore it is important to seek help as soon as you can if you feel like you may be suffering. It’s important to note that most women make a full recovery.
The quiz is not a definitive diagnosis for a perinatal mental illness. So if you think you maybe suffering from postpartum depression I strongly recommend you talk to your GP and or Health Visitor. Also I recommend printing the results of the questionnaire to show them why you are concerned.
The Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale is a basic set of 10 questions. Each with 4 multiple choice answers. It can be an effective way to identify if you are suffering with a form of Perinatal Illness. It is important to answer the questions as honestly as you can.
The total score can range from a minimum of 0 to a maximum of 30. If you score above 10 or more this may indicate that you are suffering from some form of perinatal illness and you should consult your doctor for a proper diagnosis. The higher the score the higher the severity.
The postpartum depression test is a screening not diagnosis tool. Therefore if you have concerns please see you GP and Health Visitor.
Also if you have having thoughts of self-harm, of harming the baby or suicide please visit your local hospital or phone for an ambulance urgently. The test is designed to show if you may have some symptoms of postpartum depression. However it is no substitute for a healthcare professional.
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It is originally found on https://psychology-tools.com/ and this post links to this.