Could you have Postnatal Depression?

If you think you might be affected by PND, try the Edinburgh Scale Test, which is used by midwives to identify signs of depression

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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.

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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 all

8. 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, never

10. 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 not everyone tells their midwife the truth, fearing 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 .

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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.

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