What does depression feel like?
Find out with the PHQ
Making sense of your PHQ score
 

Complete this Personal Health Questionnaire (PHQ) to get a "depression score". Knowing your PHQ will help you decide what to do next and allow you to track your recovery over time.

 

*For a printable copy of the PHQ, click here


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:
 Not at all  Several days  More than half the days  Nearly every day
2. Feeling down, depressed, or hopeless:
 Not at all  Several days  More than half the days  Nearly every day
3. Trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much:
 Not at all  Several days  More than half the days  Nearly every day
4. Feeling tired or having little energy:
 Not at all  Several days  More than half the days  Nearly every day
5. Poor appetite or overeating:
 Not at all  Several days  More than half the days  Nearly every day
6. Feeling bad about yourself-or that you are a failure or have let yourself or your family down:
 Not at all  Several days  More than half the days  Nearly every day
7. Trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching television:
 Not at all  Several days  More than half the days  Nearly every day
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:
 Not at all  Several days  More than half the days  Nearly every day
9. Thoughts that you would be better off dead, or of hurting yourself in some way:
 Not at all  Several days  More than half the days  Nearly every day
10. If you checked off any problems on this questionnaire so far, 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?
 Not difficult at all  Somewhat difficult  Very difficult  Extremely difficult
Please ensure you have filled in all the questions, as it will otherwise be difficult to provide an accurate analysis.

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You scored between 0 and 9:

While your mood may be having a real effect on your everyday life, you probably don't have problems severe enough to count as "clinical depression". Almost everyone with this kind of low mood will find that they are better within 6-8 weeks- without any treatment at all. If you would like to read some self-help material that may be helpful to you, click here.
You scored between 10 and 14:

Scores at this level don't technically count as "clinical" depression- but you will be feeling very low at times. Most people recover without any difficulty or further help, but we'd recommend that you keep a check on your mood over the next few weeks- why not repeat this PHQ in about a week's time? If your mood is not getting better within a month, we would recommend that you speak to your GP.
You scored between 15 and 19:

Scores above 15 would be the equivalent of a diagnosis of "clinical" depression. Most people with this level of depression don't recover without professional help. This is likely to be either an antidepressant or talking therapy of some kind or both.

We would strongly recommend that you contact your GP to discuss your mood. Take a copy of the PHQ with you.
You scored over 20:

People with depression of this severity are really quite ill: we would recommend that you consult your GP promptly. We would recommend that you take an antidepressant. It is likely that your GP will refer you to a specialist psychiatric service.


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