“As health professionals we very rarely use emotive words. We are fearful that this will blunt our professionalism. We should not be afraid. Sometimes our patients need us to reach out and be human.”
In Australia the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) is a commonly used screening tool.
There are a number of screening tools available including:
A thorough investigation should include a psycho social assessment in conjunction with the EPDS. This might take the form of a general clinical assessment which includes questions designed to elicit responses that will provide context.