In our final instalment of Mental Health Awareness Week tests, we have a questionnaire used to help diagnose depression. This test is called the PHQ-9 and is designed to help people recognise the level of their depression.
It is important to understand depression levels because many people suffering from depression withdraw from society rather than seeking help. This makes it harder for them to find treatment and can actually make depression worse.
Without treatment depression can cost people friendships, jobs and affect their physical health. Some people with severe depression report physical pain because of their mental illness.
To help people spot depression early, take the PHQ-9 test and find out more about your depression levels.
|Not at all||Several days||More than half the days||Nearly every day|
|Little interest or pleasure in doing things||0||1||2||3|
|Feeling down, depressed or hopeless||0||1||2||3|
|Trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much||0||1||2||3|
|Feeling tired or having little energy||0||1||2||3|
|Poor appetite or overeating||0||1||2||3|
|Feeling bad about yourself or feeling that you are a failure or have let yourself or your family down||0||1||2||3|
|Trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching television||0||1||2||3|
|Moving or speaking so slowly that other people could have noticed. Or the opposite, being fidgety or restless||0||1||2||3|
|Thoughts that you would be better off dead, or of hurting yourself in some way||0||1||2||3|
|If you checked off any problems, how difficult have these problems made it for your to do your work, take care of things at home, or get along with people||Not difficult||Somewhat Difficult||Very Difficult||Extremely Difficult|
To score the test, add up the answers to the first 9 questions (there are 10 in total). A score of 0-4 indicates there is likely no problem. 5-9 would indicate mild depression. Scoring 10-14 would qualify as moderate depression. 15-19 would be moderately severe depression and 20-27 would be severe depression. Question 10 is used to help gauge how much depression has affected your everyday life and is not included in the total score.
It is important to remember that this test is not definitive and anyone who thinks they may have depression should speak to a doctor or trained counsellor.