Postpartum Depression Quiz

Are you pregnant or recently had a baby? Are you concerned about your mood? While it is normal to feel overwhelmed during this time about 1 and 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.

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

I have looked forward with enjoyment to things

I have blamed myself unnecessarily when things went wrong

I have been anxious or worried for no good reason

I have felt scared or panicky for no very good reason

Things have been getting on top of me

I have been so unhappy that I have had difficulty sleeping

I have felt sad or miserable

I have been so unhappy that I have been crying

The thought of harming myself has occurred to me*

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 call Jamie Kreiter, LCSW for a free phone consultation:

Jamie Kreiter, LCSW

(For individuals who live in New York or Illinois)

Or call one of these advocacy organizations:

Postpartum Support International

  • Call (800) 944-4773 for free, confidential advice and help finding a therapist or support group in your area.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

  • Call the helpline for advice at (800) 950-6264 or visit the website to find a local chapter near you.

*If you ever have thoughts of harming yourself or your baby, seek help immediately:

  • Call the free and confidential 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255 (TALK).
  • Call 911 or go to the emergency room.

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