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Sceening Forv Postnatal Depression

Hi is there a mtethod of screeneing for postanal depression I mean like telling you a right diagnose with tests...

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replied November 7th, 2019
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
There has been much debate about the most effective and timely approach to routinely identify women at risk of depression during the perinatal period. A widely used self-report screening tool, the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS), includes ten items in which women are asked to rate how they have felt in the previous 7 days. Each item is scored from 0 to 3, with a range of 0–30. A cut-off score of greater than 12 is recommended to indicate ‘probable’ depression and a score of greater than 9 to indicate ‘possible’ depression, with the need to confirm diagnosis through clinical assessment.
Cox JL, Holden JM, Sagovsky R. Detection of postnatal depression. Development of the 10-item Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. Br. J. Psychiatry150, 782–786 (1987). [Crossref], [PubMed], [Web of Science ®], [Google Scholar]
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