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Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS)

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Circle the number for each statement, which best describes how often you felt or behaved this way in
the past 7 days....

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

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

I have blamed myself unnecessarily when
things went wrong.
0 No not at all
1 Hardly ever
2 Yes, sometimes
3 Yes, very often

I have been anxious or worried for no good
reason.
3 Yes, quite a lot
2 Yes, sometimes
1 No, not much
0 No, not at all

I felt scared or panicky for no very good
reason.
3 Yes, quite a lot
2 Yes, sometimes
1 No, not much
0 No, not at all
Things have been getting on top of me.
3 Yes, most of the time I have not been able
to cope at all
2 Yes, sometimes I have not been coping as
well as usual
1 No, most of the time I have coped quite
well
0 No, I have been coping as well as ever

I have felt so unhappy that I have had
difficulty sleeping.
3 Yes, most of the time
2 Yes, sometimes
1 Not very often
0 No, not at all

I have felt sad and miserable.
3 Yes, most of the time
2 Yes, quite often
1 Not very often
0 No, not at all

I have been so unhappy that I have been
crying.
3 Yes, most of the time
2 Yes, quite often
1 Only occasionally
0 No, never

The thought of harming myself has occurred to
me.
3 Yes, quite often
2 Sometimes
1 Hardly
0 Neve
(Scoring may be eliminated when tool is reproduced for use)

• Validation studies have utilized various threshold scores in determining which women were positive and in need of referral.
• Cut-off scores ranged from 9-13 points. Therefore, to err on safety’s side, a woman scoring 9 or more points or indicating
any suicidal ideation should be referred immediately for follow-up.
• The EPDS is only a screening tool, it does not diagnose depressio
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Cox, J.L., Holden, J.M, Sagovsky, R. (1987). Detection of postnatal depression: Development of the 10-item Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. British
Journal of Psychiatry, 150: 782-786.
Users may reproduce the scale without further permission providing they respect copyright by quoting the names of the authors, the title and the source of the
paper in all reproduced copies.

EPDS – Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale