postpartum depression quiz

Do You Have Postpartum Depression?

After having a baby, you may notice changes in your mood. For some people this is the "baby blues." However, for up 30% of new moms, mood fluctuations could indicate postpartum depression, which is a more serious form of depression. Take this quiz if you are wondering if your symptoms could indicate something more serious. Remember, if you are feeling overwhelmed or concerned at all about how you are feeling, please reach out to a healthcare professional. A professional can do a thorough screening for you and help connect you to resources that can help.

Instructions:

In the following quiz, please select 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.
2. I have looked forward with enjoyment to things.
3. I have blamed myself unnecessarily when things went wrong.
4. I have been anxious or worried for no good reason.
5. I have felt scared or panicky for no very good reason.
6. Things have been getting on top of me.
7. I have been so unhappy that I have had difficulty sleeping.
8. I have felt sad or miserable.
9. I have been so unhappy that I have been crying.
10. The thought of harming myself has occurred to me.




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  1. Cox J, Holden J, Sagovsky R. (1987) Detection of postnatal depression: development of the 10-item Edinburgh postnatal depression scale. Brit J Psychiatry 150: 782-86. Developed as the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale and validated for use in both pregnancy and in the postnatal period to assess for possible depression and anxiety.
  2. Thoughts of suicide, harming yourself or your baby can accompany depression and anxiety. If you are feeling this way, it is important to consult your doctor, local hospital, 911, or call a suicide hotline for emergency support. National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: LifeLine1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

© 1987 The Royal College of Psychiatrists. The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (British Journal of Psychiatry, 150, 782-786) is reproduced with permission.

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