Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale items and scoring

Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale items and scoring

ItemAnswer (score 0)Answer (score 1)Answer (score 2)Answer (score 3)
I have been able to laugh and see the funny side of thingsAs much as I always couldNot quite as much nowDefinitely not so much nowNot at all
I have looked forward with enjoyment to thingsAs much as I ever didRather less than I used toDefinitely less than I used toHardly at all
I have blamed myself unnecessarily when things went wrongNo, neverNot very oftenYes, some of the timeYes, most of the time
I have been anxious or worried for no good reasonNo, not at allHardly everYes, sometimesYes, very often
I have felt scared or panicky for no very good reasonNo, not at allNo, not muchYes, sometimesYes, quite a lot
Things have been getting on top of meNo, I have been coping as well as everNo, most of the time I have coped quite wellYes, sometimes I haven’t been coping as well as usualYes, most of the time I haven’t been able to cope at all
I have been so unhappy that I have had difficulty sleepingNo, not at allNot very oftenYes, sometimesYes, most of the time
I have felt sad or miserableNo, not at allNot very oftenYes, quite oftenYes, most of the time
I have been so unhappy that I have been cryingNo, neverOnly occasionallyYes, quite oftenYes, most of the time
The thought of harming myself has occurred to meNeverHardly everSometimesYes, quite often

Caption: Begin screening with an introductory dialogue such as, “We would like to know how you are feeling during your pregnancy. Please underline the answer that comes closest to how you have felt in the past 7 days, not just how you feel today.” Scores range from 0 to 30; a score of 10 to 13 or higher suggests possible depressive or anxiety disorder. Any score above 0 on the last item warrants full risk assessment.

Sources

Citation: Adapted from Cox JL et al: Detection of postnatal depression. Development of the 10-item Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. Br J Psychiatry. 150:782-6, 1987.

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