Depression Screening Test

The depression screening test used by New Life Medical Addiction Services allows us to help evaluate patients who are struggling with misuse or addiction to alcohol or drugs.  Depression is a major cause of substance abuse and our depression screening test is a valuable tool in understanding the psychological state of someone who is seeking help.

If you or someone you love is abusing drugs or alcohol, we encourage you to take our depression screening test.

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Over the last 2 weeks, how often have you been bothered by the following problems? Not at all sure Several days Over half the days Nearly everyday
1. Little interest or pleasure in doing things
2. Feeling down, depressed, or hopeless
3. Trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much
4. Feeling tired or having little energy
5. Poor appetite or overeating
6. Feeling bad about yourself or that you are a failure or have let yourself or your family down
7. Trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching television
8. Moving or speaking so slowly that other people could have noticed. Or the opposite being so figety or restless that you have been moving around a lot more than usual
9. Thoughts that you would be better off dead, or of hurting yourself
Total Score: 0

If you checked off any problems, how difficult have these made it for you to do your work, take care of things at home, or get along with other people?

Not difficult at all __________
Somewhat difficult _________
Very difficult _____________
Extremely difficult _________

PHQ-9 total score for the nine items ranges from 0-27. Scores represent: 0-5 mild depressive symptoms; 6-10 moderate depressive symptoms; 11-15 moderately severe depressive symptoms ; and 16-20 severe depression. Please contact a healthcare professional for further assessment and possible treatment options. If you are currently experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call 911 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline @ 1-800-273-8255.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The hotline is committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.

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