Postpartum depression is the most common complication of childbearing. It is a serious illness that can occur in the first few months after childbirth but can also happen after miscarriage and stillbirth. All women should complete the Edinburgh postpartum depression score (EPDS) at least once, preferably twice, in both the antenatal period and the postnatal period (ideally 6–12 weeks after the birth).
Postpartum depression is not the "baby blues," which many women have in the first couple of weeks after childbirth. The Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Score (EPDS) quiz consists of 10 questions with 4 answers each that helps you evaluate the 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. 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. he Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Score (EPDS) quiz consists of 10 questions with 4 answers each that helps you evaluate the risk of having postpartum depression and help you make a decision on seeking postpartum depression treatment.
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