Do you think that you may suffer from depression? Here’s a simple checklist that some mental health professionals use to screen patients for depressive disorders.
The PHQ-9 — a 9-question Patient Health Questionnaire — was developed in a 1999 study which was co-authored by one of the authors of the new study, Kurt Kroenke, MD, IU School of Medicine professor of medicine and a Regenstrief Institute research scientist, to screen primary care patients for depression. It is now increasingly used by psychiatrists.
“The PHQ-9 has become an easy to administer, validated means of quantifying the patient’s symptoms,” and is what Dr Kroenke calls “a sort of a blood pressure cuff for depression.”
Are you depressed? A checklist
Over the last 2 weeks, how often have you been bothered by any of the following problems?
Rate each from 0 (lowest) to 3 (most) with this scale:
1: Not at all 2: Several days 3: More than half the days 4: Nearly every day
The depression screening questions
1. Little interest or pleasure in doing things: 0 – 1 – 2 – 3