Could you be depressed?

There are many symptoms of depression, including low mood, feelings of hopelessness, low self-esteem, lack of energy and problems with sleep. The more symptoms someone has, the more likely they are to be depressed.

This test will help you to assess whether you could be suffering from depression.

Answer the questions based on how you've been feeling during the last two weeks.

 

1.Have you found little pleasure or interest in doing things?

No, not at all (0 points)

On some days (1 point)

On more than half the days (2 points)

Nearly every day (3 points)

 

2.Have you found yourself feeling down, depressed or hopeless?

No, not at all (0 points)

On some days (1 points)

On more than half the days (2 points)

Nearly every day (3 points)

 

3.Have you had trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much?

No, not at all (0 point)

On some days (1 points)

On more than half the days (2 points)

Nearly every day (3 points)

 

4.Have you been feeling tired or had little energy?

No, not at all (0 points)

On some days (1 point)

On more than half the days (2 points)

Nearly every day (3 points)

 

5.Have you had a poor appetite or been overeating?

No, not at all (0 points)

On some days (1 point)

On more than half the days (2 points)

Nearly every day (3 points)

 

6.Have you felt that you're a failure or let yourself or your family down?

No, not at all (0 points)

On some days (1 point)

On more than half the days (2 points)

Nearly every day (3 points)

 

7.Have you had some trouble concentrating on things like reading the paper or watching TV?

No, not at all (0 points)

On some days (1 point)

On more than half the days (2 points)

Nearly every day (3 points)

 

8.Have you been moving or speaking slowly, or very fidgety, so that other people could notice?

No, not at all (0 points)

On some days (1 point)

On more than half the days (2 points)

Nearly every day (3 points)

 

9.Have you thought that you'd be better off dead or hurting yourself in some way?

No, not at all (0 points)

On some days (1 point)

On more than half the days (2 points)

Nearly every day (3 points)

More on suicidal thoughts

If you have had thoughts of self-harming or are feeling suicidal contact someone immediately.
 See your GP or the out-of-hours GP service. If you have already taken an overdose or cut yourself badly, dial 999.
 There are helplines with specially trained volunteers who'll listen to you, understand what you're going through, and help you through the immediate crisis.
Or contact a friend, family or someone you trust.
 
The Samaritans operate a service open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for people who want to talk in confidence. Call 08457 909090.

 

RESULTS

0-10 points

Based on your responses today it's unlikely you're suffering from depression.

While it's unlikely that you have depression, if you have any concerns about your health, or mood, please call NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or arrange to speak to your GP.

More information on depression, and its causes, can be found by following the link at the bottom of this tool.

10-27 points

Based on your responses today it's very likely that you could be suffering from some form of depression but only an experienced health professional can tell for sure.

You should make an appointment to see your GP as soon as possible or call NHS Direct on 0845 4647. They will be able to help you and offer some form of treatment.

Most people with depression improve with good care, which may include changes you can make to your life, talk therapy and medication.

 

This is for information only and is not intended to replace a consultation with a GP. The PHQ was developed by Drs Robert L Spitzer, Janet BW Williams, Kurt Kroenka and colleagues with a grant from Pfizer Inc. Reproduced with permission.

NHS Choices 2013