There are depression tests that can be used to help assess your depression levels. The below test is based on the Patient Health Questionnaire PHQ-9. Go get a pen and some paper and look at questions 1-9 below. For each question consider over the last 2 weeks, how often have you been bothered by any of the problems.
How to assign points for the depression questionnaire
- Not at all – 0 points
- Several days – 1 point
- More than half the days – 2 points
- Nearly every day – 3 points
- Little interest or pleasure in doing things
- Feeling down, depressed, or hopeless
- Trouble falling/staying asleep, 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.
Working out the results of your depression test
PHQ-9 scores for depression are out of 27, so add up your total and check below.
- 0 – 4 None/minimal symptoms
- 5 – 9 Mild depression
- 10 – 14 Moderate depression
- 15 – 19 Moderately severe depression
- 20 – 27 Severe depression
What happens next if you have a high depression score?
Our team of expert depression counselling therapists would love to hear from you so that they can start helping you with your problems and issues. Please don’t dwell on a diagnosis and focus on what you can do to improve. You can read more about depression and how we can help you.
Where to find us in London for depression counselling
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