Postpartum Depression Quiz

Are you pregnant or have recently given birth? Are you concerned about your mood? While it is normal to feel overwhelmed during this time about 1 out of 7 women develop symptoms of depression during pregnancy or after having a baby. This 10 question quiz is from Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, a screening test healthcare providers use to determine whether a woman may have postpartum depression (PPD).

Take this quiz and share the results with your healthcare provider. Only a healthcare professional can diagnose postpartum depression.

Instructions: Answer the questions based on how you’ve felt in the past seven days. For the best results, answer all the questions.

Women with postpartum depression may feel lonely – especially if they’re already feeling isolated caring for a new baby. Many women don’t get help because they’re ashamed of how they feel, or family members dismiss their feelings as normal moodiness or fatigue after delivery.

Getting help and support is the first step toward feeling normal again. If you ever think you have depression, please contact Jamie Kreiter, LCSW for a free phone consultation.

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.

K. L. Wisner, B. L. Parry, C. M. Piontek, Postpartum Depression N Engl J Med vol. 347, No 3, July 18, 2002, 194-199