Cousin scored 14 and says she still has "baby blues"... should we send her to docs~? She thinks it's aneamia. Her physio said her large episio might be the cause of her lack of energy... as they cut nerve endings which affect energy levels.... hmmm...
a score over twelve and the hv will offer three 'listening visits' basically a chat about concerns / worries.
not sure about the episiotomy causing lack of energy(?) but if she is uncomfortable she wont want to be very energetic! iyswim.
it may be worth getting checked over by a gp esp if she thinks she is anaemic, a simple blood test will confirm that, but the gp can also check for any other post natal problems.
anaemia can be debilitating, lack of energy, breathlessnes, poor wound healing can be a problem worth getting checked out.
Can I just add my tuppence worth? I had it, and was determined not to 'admit' I had PND, so answered the fairly obvious questions in the 'right' way. Result was I managed to slip through the system, and only when I started becoming delusional did I finally go to my GP. It really depends on whether your cousin thinks/admits she has PND, I think.
absolutely agree paulosgirl- the tool can be manipulted very easily and some mums would hate u to think they're not coping or depressed, so would answer the questions differently- and there is plenty of research that suggests the tool has limited value.
Paolosgirl - I did that with ds and struglled on with bad PND for 18mths!
When I got pg again when ds was 3 I was determined not to let it beat me again. I felt like I was losing control at 34wks pg so the mw carried out the Edin Test. I answered as honestly as I could and scored 18 (GP called in immediately.... AD's prescribed)!!! I shudder to think what my score would've been when ds was 8mths old!