Depression self-test

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
I have looked forward with enjoyment to things
I have blamed myself unnecessarily when things went wrong
I have been anxious or worried for no good reason
I have felt scared or panicky for no very good reason
Things have been getting on top of me
I have been so unhappy that I have had difficulty sleeping
I have felt sad or miserable
I have been so unhappy that I have been crying
The thought of harming myself has occurred to me

Source: 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.