Postpartum Depression Survey - Do You Have the "Baby Blues?"

Instructions: Please choose the answer that best describes how you have felt over the past seven days, not just how you are feeling today.

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.
Not so much now.
Not at all.

2. I have looked forward to things with enjoyment.

As much as I ever did.
Somewhat less than I used to.
A lot less than I used to.
Hardly at all.

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

Yes, very often.
Yes, sometimes.
Hardly ever.
No, not at all.

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

No, not at all.
No, not much.
Yes, sometimes.
Yes, very often.

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

Yes, often.
Yes, sometimes.
No, not much.
No, not at all.

6. Things have been too much for 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 well.
No, I have been coping as well as ever.

7. I have been so unhappy that I have 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.
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.
 

Postpartum Depression Survey Scoring: If your total score is 10 or higher, or if you answered Yes, quite often, Sometimes, or Hardly ever on question #10, please call your doctor or our Mental Health and Substance Abuse department at the number listed on the back of your health plan ID card to discuss your answers.

Sources: Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS). 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; and K. L. Wisner, B. L. Parry, C. M. Piontek, Postpartum Depression N Engl J Med vol. 347, No 3, July 18, 2002, 194-199.