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Women’s Health

Are You at Risk for Postpartum Depression?

There are a wide range of emotional reactions following the birth of a baby, including “baby blues” and “postpartum depression.” Your answers to these assessments will help us assess your risk for postpartum depression and find out if you need additional help.

To determine your risk for postpartum depression, answer yes or no to the following questions, then discuss with your health care provider.

  1. My parents or siblings have a history of depression, anxiety or mental health issues.
  2. During the past eyar, I have experienced a lot of negative stress and change (example: loss of job, loss of loved one, undesired move, etc.)
  3. This was a very difficult pregnancy for me emotionally and/or physically.
  4. This was a very difficult birth for me emotionally and/or physically.
  5. I have a history of an emotional problem (depression, anxiety, abuse, eating disorder, etc.) that was not related to childbirth that may have been treated with counseling or medicine.
  6. I had depression or anxiety in the weeks/months following the birth of another child or pregnancy loss.
  7. I have taken medication for depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder during the past year.
  8. I often feel emotionally unsupported by those around me.
  9. I had depression and/or anxiety during this pregnancy.
  10. I am currently having difficulty with depression, anxiety, anger or frightening thoughts. I look happier on the outside than I feel on the inside.
  11. I have thoughts of hurting myself and/or my baby, and am afraid that if I tell someone how I feel they will not understand.
  12. My baby is in the Neonatal ICU.
  13. I have delivered a multiple birth.

Are You Experiencing Postpartum Depression?

Using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) below, please circle the answer that best describes how you have felt over the past seven 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.
    3 = Yes, most of the time
    2 = Yes, some of the time
    1 = Not very often
    0 = 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.
    3 = Yes, quite a lot
    2 = Yes, sometimes
    1 = No, not much
    0 = No, not at all
  6. 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 haven't 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
  7. I have been 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
  8. I have felt sad or miserable.
    3 = Yes, most of the time
    2 = Yes, quite often
    1 = Not very often
    0 = No, not at all
  9. 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
  10. The thought of harming myself has occurred to me.
    3 = Yes, quite often
    2 = Sometimes
    1 = Hardly ever
    0 = Never

If your total score is 12 or higher, contact your health care provider. If less than 12, you may repeat weekly to track your scores.

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