Testing for postnatal depression: Edinburgh Scale Test New mum wellbeing Baby 7 Your chance to try out the Edinburgh Scale Test, which is used to help spot mums with PND When your health visitor comes to your home for your six-week baby check, she’ll give you a questionnaire to fill out. This is called the Edinburgh test, and depending on how you answer, you’ll be graded on a scale which can help your health visitor to spot if you’re struggling. Here are the questions you’ll be asked: 1. In the past week I’ve been able to laugh and see the funny side of things:(a) As much as I always could (b) Not quite so much now (c) Definitely not so much now (d) Not at all 2. In the past week I have looked forward with enjoyment to things:(a) As much as I ever did (b) Rather less than I used to (c) Definitely not so much now (d) Not at all 3. In the past week I have blamed myself unnecessarily when things went wrong: (a) Yes most of the time (b) Yes some of the time (c) Not very often (d) No never 4. In the past week I have been anxious or worried for no good reason:(a) No, not at all (b) Hardly ever (c) Not very often (d) No, never 5. In the last week I have felt scared or panicky for no very good reason:(a) Yes, quite a lot (b) Yes sometimes (c) No not much (d) No, not at all 6. In the past week things have been getting on top of me:(a) Yes, most of the time I haven’t been able to cope at all (b) Yes, sometimes I haven’t been coping as well as usual (c) No, most of the time I have coped quite well (d) No, I have been coping as well as ever 7. In the past week I have been so unhappy that I have difficulty sleeping:(a) Yes, most of the time (b) Yes, sometimes (c) Not very often (d) No, not at all8. In the past week I have felt sad or miserable: (a) Yes, most of the time (b) Yes, quite often (c) Not very often (d) No, not at all 9. In the past week I have been so unhappy that I’ve been crying:(a) Yes most of the time (b) Yes, quite often (c)Only occasionally (d) No, never10. In the past week the thought of harming myself has occurred to me:(a) Yes quite often (b) Sometimes (c) Hardly ever (d) Never. The problem with the Edinburgh test is that women often don’t tell the truth, as they fear that if they admit to feeling unable to cope, their babies will be taken away from them, or they’ll be pressurised to take medication .Try to remember that your health visitor is there to offer support, and ticking boxes can be an easier way to open up about your feelings than having to say the words out loud. If you tell the truth, you’ll be taking your first steps on the road to recovery. Expert View Polls What mums are saying Image Gallery 1/ Related Products Products to buy By Siobhan O’Reilly Follow 7 Comments Share Like this article? Showing of Luan Wiseman After suffering with PND with my first child, i completed an Edinburgh Test, but as above, not all people will tell the truth. I feel that more awareness needs to be raised, so that mothers realise that they don't have to be ashamed when they're suffering and they won't have their child(ren) taken away from them. It needs to be made more aware that by admitting you're depressed and not coping is the sensible, responsible thing to do. I recovered from PND with help from my doctors and health visitor, 3 and a half years on I'm expecting my 2nd child and already have my PND plan in place with my midwife and doctors. If you are a mum reading this and you think you might be suffering from PND, please speak up to someone and get some help. Sally Ferguson Is there a way to use meditation or some other alternative program for it.I am 24 pregnent first time and no one had that in my family, but you never knows where it starts.So what are first simptomes Luan? jenny Rogan Yes, I completely agree with Luan about telling someone early. I mentioned to my health visitor and husband that I felt my daughter wasn't mine and I was always waiting for someone to pick her up. Once I spoke to them, I got the help I needed but it has been hard on both of us. Looking back, it started way before that while I was pregnant- me with a bump, was how I described myself and had to force myself to smile when people started to gush about how wonderful pregnancy was. The first step is being brave enough to tell someone how you really feeling. Sally Ferguson I am feeling blue and away too much sensitive, I think I will ask for help. Tracy-Treasurebox Don't suffer unnecessarily, I went undiagnosed for nearly 4 yrs and by the time someone finally realised what was wrong I was pretty ill indeed. I filled in the questionaire but not really all that truthfully (not a great idea folks!) I expected that I should feel low, being severely sleep deprived and trying to get over a c-section, my illness started small and slowly grew over time. Don't let this happen to you there is no need and no shame, get the help you need because it makes an unbelieveable amount of difference to you life. See more comments... Uh-oh! You need to be logged in to do this... Sign In Sign Up Load more posts Write a comment Related Articles 5 step plan to losing your mummy tummy 7 ways to lose your pregnancy weight What is postnatal depression? Using contraception after birth What is deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?