Postpartum Depression Scale
 
 

Postpartum Depression Scale

Please respond to the following statements as honestly as you can.

In the past seven days:

1. I have been able to laugh and see the funny side of things.
0.......Yes, all the time
1.......Not quite so much now
2.......Definitely not so much now
3.......Not at all

2. I have looked forward with enjoyment to things.
0.......As much as I ever did
1.......Rather less than I used to
2.......Definitely less than I used to
3.......Hardly at all

3. I have blamed myself unnecessarily when things went wrong.
3.......Yes, most of the time
2.......Yes, some of the time
1.......Not very often
0.......No, never

4. I have been anxious or worried for no good reason.
0.......No, not at all
1.......Hardly ever
2.......Yes, sometimes
3.......Yes, very often

5. I have felt scared or panicky for no very good reason.
3.......Yes, quite a lot
2.......Yes, sometimes
1.......No, not much
0.......No, not at all

6. Things have been piling up on me.
3.......Yes, most of the time I haven’t been able to cope at all
2.......Yes, sometimes I haven’t been coping as well as usual
1.......No, most of the time I have coped quite well
0.......No, I have been coping as well as ever

7. I have been so unhappy that I have had difficulty sleeping.
3.......Yes, most of the time
2.......Yes, sometimes
1.......Not very often
0.......No, not at all

8. I have felt sad or miserable.
3.......Yes, most of the time
2.......Yes, quite often
1.......No, not very often
0.......No, not at all

9. I have been so unhappy that I have been crying.
3.......Yes, quite often
2.......Sometimes
1.......Hardly ever
0.......No, never

10. The thought of harming myself has occurred to me.
3.......Yes, quite often
2.......Sometimes
1.......Hardly ever
0.......Never

If your total score is 10 or higher, contact your physician. If your score is less than 10, you may repeat the scale weekly.

For more information regarding postpartum depression, please contact one of the following resources:

  • Morton Plant and Mease Countryside Hospitals’ Perinatal Depression Support Services at (727) 462-7130
  • St. Joseph's Women's Hospital Perinatal Depression Support Services at (813) 872-3925