The EPDS consists of 10 questions. The test can usually be completed in less than 5 minutes. Responses are scored 0, 1, 2, or 3 according to increased severity of the symptom. Items marked with an asterisk (*) are reverse scored (i.e., 3, 2, 1, and 0). The total score is determined by adding together the scores for each of the 10 items. Validation studies have utilized various threshold scores in determining which women were positive and in need of referral. Cut-off scores ranged from 9 to 13 points. Therefore, to err on safety’s side, a woman scoring 9 or more points or indicating any suicidal ideation – that is she scores 1 or higher on question #10 – should contact the Postpartum Support Network (firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 321-223-1013) to be connected with local resources that can help).
Note: The EPDS is only a screening tool. It does not diagnose depression – that is done by appropriately licensed health care personnel.
Instructions for Users
Please select the answer which comes closest to how you have felt IN THE PAST 7 DAYS, not just how you feel today.
In the past 7 days, I have been able to laugh and see the funny side of things
Things have been getting on top of (bothering) me:
I have looked forward with enjoyment to things
*I have been so unhappy that I have had difficulty sleeping
*I have blamed myself unnecessarily when things
*I have felt sad or miserable
I have been anxious or worried for no good reason
*I have been so unhappy that I have been crying
*I have felt scared or panicky for no very good reason
*The thought of harming myself has occurred to me
Again, if you score a "9" or higher, please feel free to contact the Postpartum Support Network for help. You can reach us at email@example.com or via phone at 321-223-1013.
EDINBURGH POSTNATAL DEPRESSION SCALE (EPDS)
J. L. Cox, J.M. Holden, R. Sagovsky
From: British Journal of Psychiatry (1987), 150, 782-786.
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