Test-Depression

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The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale is a sensitive measure to identify women at risk for perinatal depression. You can take this test and get your personal score.

(Source: Cox, J. L., Holden, J. M., & Sagovsky, R. (1987). Detection of postnatal depression. Development of the 10-item Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. The British journal of psychiatry, 150(6), 782-786.)

Please select the answer that comes closest to how you have felt in the past 7 days:

1) I have been able to laugh and see the funny side of things.

0 As much as I always could

1 Not quite so much now

2 Definitely not so much now

3 Not at all

2) I have looked forward with enjoyment to things.

0 As much as I ever did

1 Rather less than I used to

2 Definitely less than I used to

3 Hardly at all

3) I have blamed myself unnecessarily when things went wrong.

0 Yes, most of the time

1 Yes, some of the time

2 Not very often

3 No, never

4) I have been anxious or worried for no good reason.

0 No not at all

1 Hardly ever

2 Yes, sometimes

3 Yes, very often

5) I have felt scared or panicky for no very good reason.

0 Yes, quite a lot

1 Yes, sometimes

2 No, not much

3 No, not at all

6) Things have been getting on top of me.

0 Yes, most of the time I haven’t been able to cope at all

1 Yes, sometimes I haven’t been coping as well as usual

2 No, most of the time I have coped quite well

3 No, I have been coping as well as ever

7) I have been so unhappy that I have had difficulty sleeping.

0 Yes, most of the time

1 Yes, sometimes

2 Not very often

3 No, not at all

8) I have felt sad or miserable.

0 Yes, most of the time

1 Yes, sometimes

2 Not very often

3 No, not at all

9) I have been so unhappy that I have been crying.

0 Yes, most of the time

1 Yes, quite often

2 Only occasionally

3 No, never

10) The thought of harming myself has occurred to me.

0 Yes, quite often

1 Sometimes

2 Hardly ever

3 Never

 

The total score is obtained by reversing the scores on the four positive items, i.e., 0=3, 1=2, 2=3, 3=0, and then summing across all ten items. Items 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 are the positively stated items.

Scores of 10 or above indicate a high level of depressive symptoms. If you score 10 or above, you had better seriously consider strategies to reduce your depression and seeking help from a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist.