Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale

The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) 1 is a set of 10 screening questions that can indicate whether you have symptoms that are common in women with depression and anxiety during pregnancy and in the year following the birth of a child. This is not intended to provide a diagnosis – only trained health professionals should do this.

It is strongly recommended that you complete this set of questions with a health professional.

To complete this set of questions, you should select the number next to the response that comes closest to how you have felt in the past seven days.

The total score is calculated by adding the numbers you select for each of the 10 items. If your score is 10 points or above, you should speak to a health professional about those symptoms.

Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale

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

  2. I have looked forward with enjoyment to things

  3. I have blamed myself unnecessarily when things went wrong

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

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

  6. Things have been getting on top of me

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

  8. I have felt sad or miserable

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

  10. The thought of harming myself has occurred to me

  1. Cox J, Holden J, Sagovsky R. (1987) Detection of postnatal depression: development of the 10-item Edinburgh postnatal depression scale. Brit J Psychiatry 150: 782-86. Developed as the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale and validated for use in both pregnancy and in the postnatal period to assess for possible depression and anxiety. return to content
  2. Thoughts of suicide, harming yourself or your baby can accompany depression and anxiety. If you are feeling this way, it is important to consult your doctor, local hospital or your local telephone directory for emergency support. return to content

© 1987 The Royal College of Psychiatrists. The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (British Journal of Psychiatry, 150, 782-786) is reproduced with permission.