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Online Depression Assessment (PHQ-9)

pc3This online Depression Assessment is strictly for general information purposes and is not a substitute for an in-person clinical evaluation. The assessment is free & completely anonymous. You do not need to provide your name. The depression assessment takes about 5 minutes, and provides general feedback when completed. Please discuss any questions you may have with a physician, psychiatrist, or professional therapist.

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Disclaimer: This online depression assessment is for personal use only and is not meant to be a comprehensive clinical evaluation. Please discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your physician or a clinical professional who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of depressive disorders.

depression-assessmentAn online depression assessment is not intended to be a substitute for a professional in-person clinical evaluation. Assessing a depressive disorder typically involves a personal interview with a psychiatrist or professional counselor in order to learn the extent of a client’s depressive symptoms as well as possibly identifying the underlying causes or origin of the depression. A standardized assessment tool (depression symptom survey) is frequently used in conjunction with the in-person interview.

Managing depressive symptoms is typically achieved through cognitive/behavioral therapy and/or medication therapy. There are a variety of therapeutic approaches for helping individuals cope with chronic depression or work through depression that may be associated with life changing events or situational stressors.

There are many non-profit and private healthcare providers across the United States who specialize in the treatment of depressive disorders. Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions. Support groups are offered in most communities throughout the country with rural areas often having fewer resources than larger metropolitan cities. Antidepressant medication therapy is available through local psychiatrists and family practitioners who have a sub-specialty in treating psychiatric disorders.

PHQ-9 Source: Drs. Robert L. Spitzer, Janet BW Williams, Kurt Kroenke, and colleagues.