Source: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)
Could I Be Depressed? Self-Assessment
Using the Personal Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9)
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.
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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