Depression is a mood disorder characterized by constant feelings of sadness, feeling down, loss of interest and/or loss of pleasure in things. These feelings interfere with your functioning in multiple areas of your life. Depression is often left untreated although most people with this illness can get better with treatment.
The Patient Health Questionnaire(PHQ-9) is self-administered screening tool developed and used by health care professional to help recognize symptoms of depression in order to assist with diagnosis and treatment. The PHQ-9 screening does not diagnose depression. This can only be done by a doctor or other health professional. Completing the PHQ-9 can be used as a starting place if you have not been feeling like yourself. The completed PHQ-9 Depression Screening can be taken to your provider, alternatively I can be contacted for review and next steps. Please follow link to begin your screening Depression Screening