Could I Be Depressed? Self-Assessment Quiz

Entirely CONFIDENTIAL, this self-assessment is not meant to diagnose depression. This tool allows you to explore if you might be experiencing signs of depression and to determine whether you should seek help by connecting with your doctor or a mental health professional.

Source: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)

Could I Be Depressed? Self-Assessment

Using the Personal Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9)

Questionnaire - PHQ-9 Depression
I am answering this Questionnaire: *


Over the last 2 weeks, how often have you been bothered by any of the following problems?

1. Little interest or pleasure in doing things *
2. Feeling down, depressed, or hopeless *
3. Trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much *
4. Feeling tired or having little energy *
5. Poor appetite or overeating *
6. Feeling bad about yourself — or that you are a failure or have let yourself or your family down *
7. Trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching television *
8. 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 *
9. Thoughts that you would be better off dead or of hurting yourself in some way *
How difficult have these problems made it for you to do your work, take care of things at home, or get along with other people? *
Please make any additional observations you may have.


Selected Family members will see this entry when they include me in their "My Family"

The Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ) is a 9-question tool to screen for the presence and severity of depression. It was developed by Drs. Robert L. Spitzer, Janet B.W. Williams, Kurt Kroenke and colleagues, with an educational grant from Pfizer Inc. and recognized by the USPSTF as a commonly used depression screening instrument.

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What will the test tell me?

Your answers to these 9 questions are designed to help you see whether your symptoms are consistent with those of depression.

Your results are an indicator of whether you might be depressed. This tool is based on scientific study, but it is not intended to confirm a diagnosis.  As with any self-test, you are given insight into what you are feeling but the diagnosis and treatment of what you are experiencing should be left to health professionals.

Who is this depression quiz for?

Everyone feels a little down or “blue” at times, especially when going through a difficult situation or periods of  high stress. Take this quiz if you are worried that you or a loved one might be depressed.

This tool is NOT meant for people under the age of 18.

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Could I Be Anxious? Self-Assessment Quiz
This CONFIDENTIAL self-assessment is a good way to explore your current anxiety level. It is not intended to make a diagnosis, though it is useful for determining whether you should see a doctor/seek help.


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