The PHQ-9 Depression Self-Evaluation
The Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) is a short, nine-question survey to screen you for major depressive disorder (MDD). It was developed by Dr. Robert J Spitzer, Dr. Janet B.W. Williams, Dr. Kurt Kroenke, and their colleagues at Columbia University. This depression test has a high degree of construct validity. This means it’s been proven in studies to measure depression effectively. The questions were formulated around the diagnostic criteria for depression. The PHQ-9 assesses how severe your mental health issue is by asking questions related to your depression symptoms.
You can expect questions like:
- Are you feeling tired or like you have little energy?
- Do you have less interest or pleasure in activities you once enjoyed?
- Do you have a poor appetite, or are you overeating?
- Do you have trouble concentrating?
- Do you have trouble falling or staying asleep?
Once you complete the PHQ-9, one of our clinicians will review your answers. Then we’ll contact you with your result and discuss your symptoms of depression and options for treating it. Scores range from 0 to 27. A total score of 10 or above indicates the presence of depression. Your PHQ-9 score will also indicate whether you suffer from mild, moderately severe, or severe depression.
If taking the PHQ-9 from our website, please note your depression test results are not an official diagnosis. Visiting a healthcare professional can help you rule out other causes for your symptoms, such as physical health issues, normal experiences of grief or loss, other mental illness like an anxiety disorder, or manic episodes (which can indicate bipolar disorder). If you have thoughts of hurting yourself, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
If you’re suffering from major depression, there are many effective methods of treatment available. HPR Treatment Centers offers a groundbreaking depression treatment called transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS. It’s been proven to work for all types of depression. Give HPR Treatment Centers a call today to learn about how you can finally be freed from your depression. A member of our team will be happy to discuss your depression test results with you and talk about options to fight depression.