Pregnant and Depressed? Test Yourself

This screening tool for postpartum depression works for pregnant women, too.


Postpartum depression has become a familiar term, but many people—including some doctors—do not acknowledge the potential health impact that depression during pregnancy can have on both mom and baby. This 10-question survey, the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, or EPDS, was created to screen for depression in women after childbirth, but experts agree it can be useful in pregnant women, too.

  1. In the past week I have been able to laugh and see the funny side of things:
  2. In the past week I have looked forward with enjoyment to things:
  3. In the past week I have blamed myself unnecessarily when things went wrong:
  4. In the past week I have been anxious or worried for no good reason:
  5. In the last week I have felt scared or panicky for no very good reason:
  6. In the past week things have been getting on top of me:
  7. In the past week I have been so unhappy that I have difficulty sleeping:
  8. In the past week I have felt sad or miserable:
  9. In the past week I have been so unhappy that I have been crying:
  10. In the past week the thought of harming myself has occured to me:

Your Score

The maximum EPDS score is 30. A score of 10 or higher could indicate symptoms of depression that range in severity. The EPDS does not diagnose depression; it is only meant as a screening tool. Item 10, which inquires about suicidal thoughts, is a particularly important question. Those with such thoughts should seek help immediately. If you have any questions about whether you might have depression, see your physician.

J.L. Cox, J.M. Holden, R. Sagovsky
From: British Journal of Psychiatry (1987), 150, 782-786.