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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.