Assessment Tools

Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale

Motherhood can be Overwhelming

The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) is a set of 10 screening questions that can indicate whether you have symptoms that are common in women with depression and anxiety during pregnancy and up to one year following the birth of a child. NOTE:  This is not a tool to provide diagnosis. Share your results with a health care provider.

Highly Sensitive People

Sometimes people who are feeling overwhelmed are accused of overreacting so much they feel they’re crazy.  Some don‘t realize that they have a system that’s wired differently, in that they are Highly Sensitive People with specific needs. Part of becoming mature and healthy is developing the ability to identify and articulate your needs and set boundaries with others.  There is a great website about this topic with a self-assessment tool you can use online to assess your level of sensitivity to the world around you.  There are also links to books for the HSP individual, and their partners.

5 Love Languages

Marriage counseling for postpartum couples

According to some research, the young family period is the most stressful and least satisfying time  for all couple relationships.  Couples during this period are often putting everything ahead of their relationship connection, which inhibits closeness and satisfaction.  Thinking about how to give the love your partner needs, or speak their “love language,” is a good way to be proactive and prevent building resentments.  This information can also be applied to your children, as they may have different love languages than parents which can cause conflicts, disappointment, and hurt feelings.

Take the 5 Love Languages® official assessment to discover your love language and begin improving your relationships.

Facilitator of the Holland PPD Support Group Moms Matter, Remi Schloff, and her family

Remi Schloff perinatal mood disorder postpartum depression expert