Instructions: Below is a list of questions that relate to life experiences common among people who have been diagnosed with depression. Please read each question carefully and indicate how often you have experienced the same or similar challenges in the past few months.


Little interest or pleasure in doing thing.


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.


Trouble concentrating on things.


Moving or speaking so slowly that other people could have noticed? Or the opposite, being so fidgety or restless that you have been moving a lot more than usual.


Thoughts that you are better off dead or of hurting yourself in some way.

This screen is not meant to be a diagnosis. Having symptoms of depression is different than having depression. In addition, symptoms of depression can be caused by other mental health conditions, as well as physical health problems.  A trained professional, such as a doctor or a mental health provider, can make this determination and make treatment recommendations. 

If you have thoughts of hurting yourself or others seek immediate help. Contact the National Suicide Prevention Life Line at 800-273-8255.

Developed by Drs. Robert L Spritzer, Janet B.W. Williams, Kurt Kroenke and colleagues.  Available in the public domain.

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