Depression Self test

Depression Self Test

(last updated 15 Jan 2012)

Over the last 2 weeks, how often have you been bothered by any of the following problems?

ANSWER SCORES 0=not at all, 1=several days, 2= more than half the days, 3= nearly every day

  1. Little interest or pleasure in doing things?
  2. Feeling down, depressed, or hopeless?
  3. Trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much?
  4. Feeling tired or having little energy
  5. Poor appetite or overeating?
  6. Feeling bad about yourself – or that you are a failure or have let yourself or your family down?
  7. Trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching television?
  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.
  9. Thoughts that you would be better off dead, or of hurting yourself in some way?



Depression Severity:

  • 0-4 None
  • 5-9 mild
  • 10-14 moderate
  • 15-19 moderately severe
  • 20-27 severe

VALIDITY: Validity has been assessed against an independent structured mental health professional (MHP) interview. PHQ-9 score =10

Had a sensitivity of 88% and a specificity of 88% for major depression.1,2 It can even be used over the telephone.


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1.Kroenke K, Spitzer RL, Williams JB; The PHQ-9: validity of a brief depression severity measure. J Gen Intern Med. 2001


2.Dietrich AJ, Oxman TE, Burns MR, et al; Application of a depression management office system in community practice: a

demonstration. J Am Board Fam Pract. 2003 Mar-Apr;16(2):107-14.

3.Pinto-Meza A, Serrano-Blanco A, Penarrubia MT, et al; Assessing depression in primary care with the PHQ-9: can it be carried out

over the telephone? J Gen Intern Med. 2005 Aug;20(8):738-42.