Mood Self-Test

The recognition of depression isn't always straightforward.

Below is a self-test that has been created as a quick assessment of your mood and to check if you are showing any of the main signs and symptoms for depression. Many health professionals use this self-test (the “Patient Health Questionnaire” or “PHQ-9”) to screen for depression. The test on this site is completely anonymous and confidential.

Results can be indicative but they don’t mean that you have a diagnosis for depression. Only your doctor or other health professional can confirm a diagnosis.  If you have been feeling really down and think you might be depressed, you should go to your doctor. Take the results of this test along with you – they can be a useful way to start a discussion.

Fill in the questionnaire below, or you can download a PDF version from the Resources section.

 

Over the last 2 weeks, how often have you been bothered by any of the following problems?

PHQ-9

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 hurting yourself in some way*