Recognising depression isn’t always easy. This Patient Health Questionnaire has been
created as a quick assessment of your mood and to check if you are showing any of the main
signs for depression.
It’s not the same as a diagnosis for depression. Only your GP or health professional can do
that – you can use this test as a starting point in your discussion.
Patient Health Questionnaire*
Over the last 2 weeks, how often have you been bothered by any of the following problems?
Not at all Several days More than half the days Nearly everyday
- Little interest or pleasure in doing things
- Feeling down, depressed, or hopeless
- Trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much
- Feeling tired or having little energy
- Poor appetite or overeating
- Feeling bad about yourself – or that you are a failure or have let yourself or your family down
- Trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching television
- 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
- Thoughts that you would be better off dead or of hurting yourself in some way
Total checked in each column
Work out scores for each column
Not at all = 0 points
Several days = 1 points
More than half the days = 2 points
Everyday = 3 points
Add up the score for each column to make your total score: