Are You Suffering from Postpartum Depression?
Take the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS)
by BabyZone Editors
is the most common complication of childbirth. The 10-question Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) is a valuable and efficient way of identifying new moms at risk for "perinatal" depression. Answer the following questions based on how you've felt
in the past seven days
—not just how you feel today—to see if you could be suffering from postpartum depression.
Sources: Cox, J.L., Holden, J.M., and Sagovsky, R. 1987. Detection of postnatal depression: Development of the 10-item Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. British Journal of Psychiatry
K. L. Wisner, B. L. Parry, C. M. Piontek, Postpartum Depression N Engl J Med vol. 347, No 3, July 18, 2002, 194-199