Mood self-assessment

 

How are you feeling?

 

We all expect to get a cold or a sore throat from time to time but when it comes to the way we feel emotionally, it can be hard to recognise or admit that we're not feeling 100%.


This questionnaire is designed to recommend some excellent resources to help you better understand how you feel. You should answer based on how you've been feeling over the last two weeks.


You may find that your mood usually goes both up and down, so use this questionnaire to monitor it over time but remember, it is not intended to replace a consultation with a GP if you feel stuck or are struggling.

 

QUESTIONS

 

1.How often have you been bothered by having little interest or pleasure in doing things?

 

a)    Not at all (0 points)

b)    Several days (1 points)

c)    More than half the days (2 points)

d)    Nearly every day (3 points)

 

Questions about depression

The following eight questions are taken from a measure used by doctors and known as the Patient Health Questionnaire 9 or PHQ-9. These questions are used to assess and monitor depression severity. The PHQ-9 was developed by Drs Robert L Spitzer, Janet B W Williams, Kurt Kroenke and colleagues, with an educational grant from Pfizer Inc.  

 

2. How often have you been bothered by feeling down, depressed or hopeless?

 

a)    Not at all (0 points)

b)    Several days (1 points)

Find out about low mood and depression

c)    More than half the days (2 points)

Find out about low mood and depression

d)    Nearly every day (3 points)

Find out about low mood and depression

 

3.How often have you been bothered by trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much?

 

a)    Not at all (0 points)

b)    Several days (1 points)

c)    More than half the days (2 points)

d)    Nearly every day (3 points)

 

4. How often have you been bothered by feeling tired or having little energy?

 

a)    Not at all (0 points)

b)    Several days (1 points)

c)    More than half the days (2 points)

d)    Nearly every day (3 points)

 

5. How often have you been bothered by poor appetite or overeating?

 

a)    Not at all (0 points)

b)    Several days (1 points)

c)    More than half the days (2 points)

d)    Nearly every day (3 points)

 

6. How often have you been bothered by feeling bad about yourself, or that you are a failure, or have let yourself or your family down?

 

a)    Not at all (0 points)

b)    Several days (1 points)

c)    More than half the days (2 points)

d)    Nearly every day (3 points)

 

7. How often have you been bothered by trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching television?

 

a)    Not at all (0 points)

b)    Several days (1 points)

c)    More than half the days (2 points)

d)    Nearly every day (3 points)

 

8. How often have you been bothered by 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?

 

a)    Not at all (0 points)

b)    Several days (1 points)

c)    More than half the days (2 points)

d)    Nearly every day (3 points)

 

9. Have you had an anxiety attack (suddenly feeling fear or panic)?

 

a)    Yes

Anxiety or panic attacks arenít harmful but they can be really frightening. See useful links for more information that may help.

b)    No

 

What is an anxiety or panic attack?

A panic attack occurs when your body experiences a rush of intense psychological (mental) and physical symptoms. 

You may feel an overwhelming sense of fear, apprehension and anxiety. As well as these feelings, you may also experience physical symptoms such as:

You may also feel that you need to stop what you are doing and hurry away.

 

You may start to avoid situations, people or places where a panic attack has happened before and this can sometimes lead to avoiding things that most people can cope with.

 

10. How often have you been bothered by feeling nervous, anxious or on edge?

 

a)    Not at all (0 points)

b)    Several days (1 points)

c)    More than half the days (2 points)

d)    Nearly every day (3 points)

 

Questions about anxiety

The following seven questions are based on a measure used by doctors and known as the Generalised Anxiety Disorder 7 or GAD-7. These questions are used to assess and monitor the severity of a personís anxiety. The GAD-7 was developed by Drs Robert L Spitzer, Janet B W Williams, Kurt Kroenke and colleagues, with an educational grant from Pfizer Inc.

 

11. How often have you been bothered by not being able to stop or control worrying?

 

a)    Not at all (0 points)

b)    Several days (1 points)

Understanding panic

c)    More than half the days (2 points)

Understanding panic

d)    Nearly every day (3 points)

Understanding panic

 

 

12. How often have you been bothered by worrying too much about different things?

 

a)    Not at all (0 points)

b)    Several days (1 points)

c)    More than half the days (2 points)

d)    Nearly every day (3 points)

 

13.How often have you been bothered by trouble relaxing?

 

 

a)    Not at all (0 points)

b)    Several days (1 points)

Ways to relieve stress

c)    More than half the days (2 points)

Ways to relieve stress

d)    Nearly every day (3 points)

e)    Ways to relieve stress

 

 

14. How often have you been bothered by being so restless that it is hard to sit still?

 

a)    Not at all (0 points)

b)    Several days (1 points)

c)    More than half the days (2 points)

d)    Nearly every day (3 points)

 

 

15. How often have you been bothered by becoming easily annoyed or irritable?

 

a)    Not at all (0 points)

b)    Several days (1 points)

c)    More than half the days (2 points)

d)    Nearly every day (3 points)

 

 

16. How often have you been bothered by feeling afraid as if something awful might happen?

 

a)    Not at all (0 points)

b)    Several days (1 points)

c)    More than half the days (2 points)

d)    Nearly every day (3 points)

 

 

17. Have you been bothered by worrying about any of the following?

 

a)    Your health

Worrying about your health: you should discuss this with your GP. Whether your mental health is affecting your physical health or vice versa, the sooner you seek advice, the better.

b)    Your weight or how you look

Worrying about your weight or looks - you should discuss the reasons why with your GP.

c)    Little or no sexual desire or pleasure during sex

It's common for your sex drive to be affected if you're feeling low or anxious. See useful links for more on this.

Find out more about good sex

d)    Difficulties with your partner

Difficulties with your partner: If you're feeling low or anxious why not try talking to them about how you feel?

e)    The stress of taking care of family members

The stress of looking after your family: if youíre not coping and it's getting too much, speak to your GP. If you're a carer, try Carers Direct for lots of help and advice.

Find out more at Carers Direct

f)     Stress at work, school or outside home

Stress outside the home: if it's getting too much - why not try talking about it? It could be with your boss, a colleague, teacher, GP or just someone you can trust.

Ways to reduce stress

g)    By financial problems or worries

Financial worry: money is a common cause of emotional stress. See useful links.

Coping with financial worries

h)   Having no one to turn to

Having no one to turn to: Find out how reconnecting with others can help with your mental wellbeing, as can discussing how youíre feeling with your GP.

i)     Something bad that happened recently

Something bad that happened recently: Read information on post-traumatic stress disorder. Even if this isn't what you're experiencing, you will find lots of information that will help.

Post-traumatic stress disorder

j)     None of the above

 

18. If this questionnaire has highlighted any problems, 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? 

 

a)    Not difficult at all

b)    Somewhat difficult

Your day-to-day life is being made somewhat difficult - which is why it is important to take some action. Even taking a small step will make you feel better. Explore the useful links and see your GP if things don't improve or seem to get worse.

c)    Very difficult

Your day-to-day life is being made very difficult so it is important to take some action. Even taking a small step will make you feel better. Explore the useful links and take a printout of your results to your GP.

d)    Extremely difficult

Your day-to-day life is being made extremely difficult. Make an appointment to see your GP and take a printout of these results with you. This will help to start a discussion and will be a first positive step towards tackling your problems. Explore the useful links section for more information that may help.

 

 

 

RESULTS

 

*Scores are based on the responses given and indicate depressive symptom severity and anxiety symptom severity. Scoring is as follows: Not at all = 0, Several days = 1, More than half the days = 2, Nearly every day = 3.

 

Results for Q1-8

 

0-9: Based on your responses to questions 1-8, you arenít experiencing many of the symptoms seen in depression. However, if you have any concerns about your health or mood, please call NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or arrange to speak to your GP.

 

10-18: Based on your responses to questions 1-8, you are experiencing some symptoms seen in depression but only an experienced health professional can tell for sure. You should make an appointment to see your GP for a review or call NHS Direct on 0845 4647. Both can help you and assess whether you might benefit from extra support or treatment.

 

19-24: Based on your responses to questions 1-8, you are experiencing many symptoms seen in depression but only an experienced health professional can tell for sure. You should make an appointment to see your GP over the next few days to a week, or call NHS Direct on 0845 4647. They can help you and offer some form of treatment.

 

RESULTS FOR QUESTIONS 10-16

 

0: Based on your responses to questions 10-16, you are not experiencing many of the symptoms of anxiety. Anxiety levels can fluctuate so come back and retake the test if youíre feeling differently.

 

1-5: Based on your responses to questions 10-16, you are experiencing some symptoms seen in anxiety. Feeling anxious or worried from time to time is perfectly normal. However, if you begin to have trouble controlling your anxiety it could be time to take action. See useful links for more information.

 

6-10: Based on your responses to questions 10-16, you are experiencing some symptoms seen in anxiety. Feeling anxious or worried from time to time is perfectly normal but if itís starting to affect your daily life, itís time to take action. Consider seeing your GP if you feel this is affecting your life.

 

11-21: Based on your responses to questions 10-16, you are experiencing many symptoms seen in anxiety. This is probably having a big impact on your daily life and you may also be experiencing physical symptoms. Make an appointment with your GP to discuss how youíre feeling. There are talking therapies that can help.

 

USEFUL LINKS

 

 

Based on your results, here are some links to articles, videos and other resources, that you might find helpful:

 

Samaritans

Be Mindful - Stress reduction and cognitive therapy courses

Rethink - National Mental Health Charity

Depression Alliance

Anxiety UK

 

NHS Choices 2012