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Depression screening test

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To link into yesterday's blog about the difference between sadness and depression - here is a screening test for depression for you to do.

Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) ( Kroenke K, Spitzer RL, Williams JB; The PHQ-9: validity of a brief depression severity measure. J Gen Intern Med. 2001 Sep 16(9):606-13)

Over the last two weeks, how often have you been bothered by any of the following problems?

Little interest or pleasure in doing things?

0

1

2

3

Not at all

Several days

More than half the days

Nearly every day

Feeling down, depressed, or hopeless?

0

1

2

3

Not at all

Several days

More than half the days

Nearly every day

Trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much?

0

1

2

3

Not at all

Several days

More than half the days

Nearly every day

Feeling tired or having little energy?

0

1

2

3

Not at all

Several days

More than half the days

Nearly every day

Poor appetite or overeating?

0

1

2

3

Not at all

Several days

More than half the days

Nearly every day

Feeling bad about yourself - or that you are a failure or have let yourself or your family down?

0

1

2

3

Not at all

Several days

More than half the days

Nearly every day

Trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching television?

0

1

2

3

Not at all

Several days

More than half the days

Nearly every day

Moving or speaking so slowly that other people could have noticed?
Or the opposite - being so fidgety or restless that you have been moving around a lot more than usual?

0

1

2

3

Not at all

Several days

More than half the days

Nearly every day

Thoughts that you would be better off dead, or of hurting yourself in some way?

0

1

2

3

Not at all

Several days

More than half the days

Nearly every day

Total = /27

Results

Depression Severity: 0-4 none, 5-9 mild, 10-14 moderate, 15-19 moderately severe, 20-27 severe.

Remember, this is NOT a diagnosis, but regardless of whether the depression screener indicated "none" or "very severe," we encourage you to talk to your doctor or healthcare professional about what you've been feeling. Depression is a real medical illness. Its nothing to be ashamed of, nor is it a sign of weakness. And treatment for depression is available.

For a suicidal Emergency contact us on 0800 567 567, 24hr Helpline 0800 12 13 14,SMS 31393 (and we will call you back) (SADAG South Africa)

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This blog is only for informational and educational purposes and should not be considered therapy or any form of treatment. We are not able to respond to specific questions or comments about personal situations, appropriate diagnosis or treatment, or otherwise provide any clinical opinions. If you think you need immediate assistance, call your local doctor/psychologist or psychiatrist or the SADAG Mental health Line on 011 234 4837. If necessary, please phone the Suicide Crisis Line on 0800 567 567 or sms 31393.