Depression self-test Depression self-test The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale is designed to screen for symptoms of depression and anxiety during pregnancy and following childbirth. This is not a diagnostic tool – only trained health professionals can diagnose you with perinatal depression or anxiety. If you are having trouble coping it is important to seek help. Select the response that comes closest to how you have felt in the past seven days. I have been able to laugh and see the funny side of things As much as I always could Not quite so much now Definitely not so much now Not at allI have looked forward with enjoyment to things As much as I ever did Rather less than I used to Definitely less than I used to Hardly at allI have blamed myself unnecessarily when things went wrong Yes most of the time Yes some of the time Not very often No neverI have been anxious or worried for no good reason No not at all Hardly ever Yes sometimes Yes very oftenI have felt scared or panicky for no very good reason Yes quite a lot Yes sometimes No not much No not at allThings have been getting on top of me Yes most of the time I haven’t been able to cope at all Yes sometimes I haven’t been coping as well as usual No most of the time I have coped quite well No I have been coping as well as everI have been so unhappy that I have had difficulty sleeping Yes most of the time Yes sometimes Not very often No not at allI have felt sad or miserable Yes most of the time Yes quite often Not very often No not at allI have been so unhappy that I have been crying Yes most of the time Yes quite often Only occasionally No neverThe thought of harming myself has occurred to me Yes quite often Sometimes Hardly ever NeverSource: 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.