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Are you depressed?

There are many symptoms of depression, including low mood, feelings of hopelessness, low self-esteem, lack of energy and problems with sleep. The more symptoms someone has, the more likely they are to be depressed.

This test will help you to assess whether you could be suffering from depression.

Please respond based on how you've been feeling during the last TWO WEEKS.

1)  Have you found little pleasure or interest in doing things?

1. No, not at all 2. On some days 3. On more than half the days 4. Nearly every day

2)  Have you found yourself feeling down, depressed or hopeless?

1. No, not at all 2. On some days 3. On more than half the days 4. Nearly every day

3)  Have you had trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much?

1. No, not at all 2. On some days 3. On more than half the days 4. Nearly every day

4)  Have you been feeling tired or had little energy?

1. No, not at all 2. On some days 3. On more than half the days 4. Nearly every day

5)  Have you had a poor appetite or been overeating?

1. No, not at all 2. On some days 3. On more than half the days 4. Nearly every day

6)  Have you felt that you're a failure or let yourself or your family down?

1. No, not at all 2. On some days 3. On more than half the days 4. Nearly every day

7)  Have you had some trouble concentrating on things like reading the paper or watching TV?

1. No, not at all 2. On some days 3. On more than half the days 4. Nearly every day

8)  Have you been moving or speaking slowly, or very fidgety, so that other people could notice?

1. No, not at all 2. On some days 3. On more than half the days 4. Nearly every day

9)  Have you thought that you'd be better off dead or hurting yourself in some way?

1. No, not at all 2. On some days 3. On more than half the days 4. Nearly every day

This scale, the PHQ, was developed by Drs Robert L Spitzer, Janet BW Williams, Kurt Kroenka and colleagues with a grant from Pfizer Inc.