You're not a drama queen, but you can tell something is off – in a big way. You've heard of the baby blues, and you know it's normal to feel emotional, sleep deprived and overwhelmed in the beginning after baby is born. But you're not coping, you've lost your appetite, you're crying all day and you're starting to think it's just not worth it, you made a big mistake.
You may be suffering from postnatal depression.
The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) is a 10-item questionnaire that was developed to identify women who have postnatal depression. It can also be used to screen for depression during pregnancy, called antenatal depression (read more about depression during pregnancy here).
To see the full Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale quiz and score yourself, click here.
We've based an interactive quiz on this questionnaire, but the outcome may not be so strictly academic since the scoring mechanism works a bit differently. In short: if you're worried, even if you feel stupid about it, see your doctor immediately!
When doing the quiz, tick the option that most applies in the last 7 days.
If you're feeling that you may do harm to yourself or your baby (or someone else), urgently contact your GP and SADAG, The South African Depression and Anxiety Group:
- To contact a counsellor between 8am-8pm Monday to Sunday, call: 011 234 4837
- For a suicidal emergency contact 0800 567 567
- 24hr Helpline: 0800 12 13 14
- Visit SADAG's website.
- Find a therapist on TherapyRoute
Help with postnatal depression:
Help with the baby blues:
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