What is postpartum depression?

Postpartum depression is among the most common complications of childbearing. Postpartum depression can occur within the first few months after childbirth, but can also happen after miscarriage and stillbirth.

Postpartum depression is not the "baby blues," which many women have in the first couple of weeks after childbirth. It is more severe and calls for medical attention.

Screening for postpartum depression should be done on each and every postpartum visit, but many ObGyns fail to do this properly.

How does the quiz work?

The Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Score (EPDS) quiz evaluates your risk of having postpartum depression symptoms. The total score ranges from between a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 30. Mothers who score above 10 are more likely to be suffering from a depressive illness of varying severity.

The EPDS score should not override clinical judgment, and a careful clinical assessment should be carried out to confirm the diagnosis. The scale indicates how the mother has felt during the previous week. In doubtful cases, it may be useful to repeat the tool after 2 weeks. The scale will not detect mothers with anxiety neuroses, phobias or personality disorders. 

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