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


  1. Little interest or pleasure in doing things


  1. Feeling down, depressed, or hopeless


  1. Trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much


  1. Feeling tired or having little energy


  1. Poor appetite or overeating


  1. Feeling bad about yourself – or that you are a failure or have let yourself or your family down


  1. Trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching television


  1. 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


  1. 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:

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