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Depression requires immediate action

Research shows that many people with depression are not aware of their issues. Take this validated depression assessment to see if you have any symptoms and if you need to seek help. Get your individualized results via email.

If you are depressed and need immediate help, please call the SAMHSA National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357)


SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental health and/or substance use disorders.

This easy to use Patient Health Questionnaire or PHQ-9 is a self-administered instrument for common mental disorders, a depression module, which scores each of the nine DSM-IV criteria as "0" (not at all) to "3" (nearly every day). 

PHQ-9 is not a screening tool for depression but it is used to monitor the severity of depression and response to treatment and it can also be used to make a tentative diagnosis of depression in at-risk populations.

When screening for depression the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-2) can be used first (it has a 97% sensitivity and a 67% specificity).[5]If this is positive, the PHQ-9 can then be used, which has 61% sensitivity and 94% specificity in adults.

The Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-2) is a 2-questions short screening test that asks you about your depressed moods and/or inability to feel pressure over the last 2 weeks. The purpose of the PHQ-2 is not to establish a final diagnosis but it should be used as a "first step", a screening test to screen for depression. People screening positive on the PHQ-2, those with an elevated score should see a doctor or do the PHQ-9 9-question test to assess if they meet criteria for a depressive disorder

Pfizer Inc., the legal copyright holder, explicitly states that “no permission [is] required to reproduce, translate, display or distribute [the PHQ-9].”  Learn more