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