Although only a trained healthcare provider is qualified to make a medical diagnosis, there are standard tools you can access to help you begin to determine whether symptoms youmay be experiencing could indicate an underlying depression, and to help you speak with your healthcare provider about your concerns. This section contains commonly-used screening questionnaires for depression, insomnia and substance abuse. Each takes only a few minutes to complete, and comes with guidelines for evaluating your answers.
Could you be depressed? the PHQ-9 test
This tool is intended to help you begin to explore whether the feelings, thoughts or behaviors you are experiencing may be consistent with depression. It is not intended to take the place of an evaluation by a trained medical professional. After completing and scoring this questionnaire, should you be concerned and wish guidance, please share the results with a trained healthcare professional.
Could you have a Sleep Problem? the sleep assessment questionaire and the Insomnia Severity Index
The following two tools are intended to help you begin to explore the role sleep and possible sleep problems play in your daily life. They are not intended to take the place of an evaluation by a trained medical professional. If you are having trouble sleeping, a symptom that is often associated with depressive illnesses, please talk to your healthcare provider.
Could you have a substance abuse problem? the CAGE Scale
This tool is intended to help you begin to explore whether substance abuse problems may be associated with depressive symptoms, sleep changes or other issues in your daily life. It is not intended to take the place of an evaluation by a trained medical professional. Share this information with your healthcare provider. Together, you can determine the right treatment plan for you.