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Screening and Assessment

Health visitors often talk to mums about their mood when the baby is 6 or 8 weeks old, and might use an Edinburgh Scale (EPDS) as a starting point or a basis for discussion.

There are some problems using EPDS as a screening tool that are common with any type of screening tool for PND:

  • It doesn’t necessarily pick up all symptoms, and it’s less good if you are suffering from anxiety, but it is recognised as being a useful guide to how you are feeling at the time.
  • The other difficulty with postnatal depression is that some days you might feel alright while other days are especially difficult.

The above can result in what are commonly called “False Positive” or “False Negative” results where the screening tool does not work. That is why EPDS is normally completed with the help of a trained health care professional who can provide a clinical diagnosis of Anxiety, Depression or PTSD for which they may use detailed questionnaires or assessment tools.

We hope that putting these screening tools online will help you to explore your feelings and consider whether you need to seek additional help and support. If you think you might be suffering the assessment tools will give you a score and the results are explained with recommendations as what you should do next.

Edinburgh Scale Assessment

I have been able to laugh and see the funny side of things
I have looked forward with enjoyment to things
I have blamed myself unnecessarily when things went wrong
I have been anxious or worried for no good reason
I have felt scared or panicky for no very good reason
Things have been getting on top of me
I have been so unhappy that I have had difficulty sleeping
I have felt sad or miserable
I have been so unhappy that I have been crying
The thought of harming myself has occurred to me

Depression Assessment Tool

Over the last 2 weeks, how often have you been bothered by any of the following problems?

0= Not at all.  1= Several days.  2= More than half the days.  3= Nearly every day

Little interest or pleasure in doing things
Feeling down, depressed, or hopeless
Trouble falling or staying asleep or sleeping too much
Feeling tired or having little energy
Poor appetite or overeating
Feeling bad about yourself - or that you are a failure or have let yourself or your family down
Trouble concentrating on things, Such as reading the newspaper or watching television
Moving or speaking so slowly that other people could have noticed?
Or the opposite - being so fidgety or restless that you have been moving around a lot more than usual
Thoughts that you would be better off dead or of hurting yourself in some way

Gateway to services and support

Here you will find access to tools and information for a range of support services

Social Care Services

Peer support and sharing common experiences has been proven to alleviate the symptoms of postnatal depression. Read more here.

Counselling Services

Check our database of private counsellors who have the appropriate training and experience to offer you help either online or face-to-face.

Clinical Services

Health professionals such as GPs, Midwives or Health Visitors as as well as specialist mental health and perinatal mental health services.

Screening and Assessment

Online screening tools to help you to explore your feelings and consider whether you need to seek additional help and support.

Have Some Fun - Wellbeing and Memory Games

Online brain games to exercise your brain skills including: memory, concentration, problem solving, thinking speed and mental flexibility.

Recommended Services

Our list of assessed and evaluated services which we recommend for you.

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