Postpartum Depression Test

This is a test for depression in new and expecting mothers.

Please select the answer that comes closest to how you have felt in the past 7 days–not just how you feel today.

1. I have been able to laugh and see the funny side of things
2. I have looked forward with enjoyment to things
3. I have blamed myself unnecessarily when things went wrong
4. I have been anxious or worried for no good reason
5. I have felt scared or panicky for no very good reason
6. Things have been getting on top of me
7. I have been so unhappy that I have had difficulty sleeping
8. I have felt sad or miserable
9. I have been so unhappy that I have been crying
10. The thought of harming myself has occurred to me
Your response to this question indicates you may be at risk for harming yourself. Are you in crisis? Please call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK or go immediately to the nearest emergency room.

Take our online depression test for new and expecting moms—it's free, quick, confidential, and scientifically validated.

Mental health screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.

Please note: Online screening tools are not diagnostic instruments. You are encouraged to share your results with a physician or healthcare provider. Mental Health America Inc., sponsors, partners, and advertisers disclaim any liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, from the use and application of these screens.

Sources:

  • Cox JL, Holden JM, Sagovsky R. Detection of postnatal depression: Development of the 10-item Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. The British Journal of Psychiatry. 1987; 150(6):782-786.
  • BC Reproductive Mental Health Program and Perinatal Services BC. (2014), Best Practice Guidelines for Mental Health Disorders in the Perinatal Period. Available at: http://tiny.cc/MHGuidelines