The Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale
What Is The Edinburgh Postpartum Scale?
The Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale (EPDS) is a screening tool used by healthcare professionals to assess your risk and severity of postpartum depression.
It is a questionnaire that was developed to identify if woman are suffering with postpartum depression during the postpartum period (the time after you’ve had a baby).
However, this test can also be used to identify if a woman is suffering with antenatal depression symptoms during pregnancy.
The EPDS is a basic set of 10 questions. Each with 4 multiple choice answers.
Your total score is then looked at and an assessment is given based on the value you scored.
This depression quiz is widely use around the world. However, it’s important to remember that the postpartum depression test is a screening not diagnostic tool.
Therefore if you have concerns please see you GP and Health Visitor.
How Often Should The EPDS Be Completed?
The postpartum depression questionnaire is usually done within the the first 6-8 weeks after birth. In an ideal world woman would complete this depression test at least twice during this time frame.
If you think you may be suffering with postpartum depression it is important to identify as soon as possible.
Furthermore we strongly recommend you take this questionnaire in the presence of your GP or Health Visitor.
How Do I Take The Quiz?
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.
The questions are based around how you have been feeling and coping with certain situations over the last seven days.
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.
You can take the test here : Postnatal Depression Online Test
What To Do If You Get A High Score On The Postpartum Depression Quiz
First of all don’t worry! There is no shame in having postnatal depression or any other mental health issues.
Postpartum Depression is common after birth and affects 1 in 10 woman. You are not alone.
It is important to speak to your GP or Health Visitor if you score in the areas of concern for the test.
They will want to ask you a few more questions before a proper diagnosis is given.
If you are suffering from postpartum depression it’s best to get help sooner rather than later, so you can start your recovery.
It’s important to note that most women make a full recovery.
Also, I recommend printing the results of the questionnaire to show them why you are concerned.
The test is designed to show if you may have some symptoms of postpartum depression.
However it is no substitute for a healthcare professional. Please seek professional help.
When Is It A Medical Emergency?
If you have having thoughts of self-harm, or harming the baby, or you are thinking about suicide please visit your local hospital or phone for an ambulance urgently.
Remember, this is not you thinking rationality – it is the illness – please seek help asap.
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