Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale

Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS)

Postpartum depression is a common complication postpartum. This short quiz is an assessment tool and is not to be used as a diagnostic tool. If your results are over 10, you should discuss the results with your care provider. This scale is only a tool for depressive disorders and other disorders including anxiety, phobias or personality disorders may arise postpartum. Please discuss any concerns you have with a trusted care provider.

If you are currently feeling suicidal please call 1-800-273-8255 or text 741741 immediately. Help is available 24/7.

Answer these questions based on how you have felt in the past 7 days. Please complete the scale yourself and the answers should be based on how you feel and not the assessment of others.


Source: Cox, J.L., Holden, J.M., and Sagovsky, R. 1987. Detection of postnatal depression: Development of the 10-item Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. British Journal of Psychiatry 150:782-786.