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Appendix 1 - The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale

Summary

How are you feeling?

As you have recently had a baby, we would like to know how you are feeling now. Please underline the answer which comes closest to how you have felt in the past 7 days, not just how you feel today. Here is an example, already completed:

I have felt happy:

Yes, most of the time

Yes, some of the time

No, not very often

No, not at all

This would mean: ‘I have felt happy some of the time during the past week’. Please complete the other questions in the same way.

In the past 7 days

1. I have been able to laugh and see the funny side of things:

As much as I always could

Not quite so much now

Definitely not so much now

Not at all

2. I have looked forward with enjoyment to things:

As much as I ever did

Rather less than I used to

Definitely less than I used to

Hardly at all

3. I have blamed myself unnecessarily when things went wrong:

Yes, most of the time

Yes, some of the time

Not very often

No, never

4. I have been anxious or worried for no good reason:

No, not at all

Hardly ever

Yes, sometimes

Yes, very often

5. I have felt scared or panicky for no very good reason:

Yes, quite a lot

Yes, sometimes

No, not much

No, not at all

6. Things have been getting on top of me:

Yes, most of the time I haven't been able to cope at all

Yes, sometimes I haven't been coping as well as usual

No, most of the time I have coped quite well

No, I have been coping as well as ever

7. I have been so unhappy that I have had difficulty sleeping:

Yes, most of the time

Yes, sometimes

Not very often

No, not at all

8. I have felt sad or miserable:

Yes, most of the time

Yes, quite often

Not very often

No, not at all

9. I have been so unhappy that I have been crying:

Yes, most of the time

Yes, quite often

Only occasionally

No, never

10. The thought of harming myself has occurred to me:

Yes, quite often

Sometimes

Hardly ever

Never