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PHQ

Clinical Scales

The PHQ was developed as an alternate screening instrument to the Primary Care Evaluation of Mental Disorders (PRIME-MD). The self-administered 16-question PHQ has diagnostic validity comparable to PRIME-MD and includes mood, anxiety, alcohol, eating, and somatoform modules.

The PHQ was developed by Robert L. Spitzer, MD, and colleagues, with an educational grant from Pfizer Inc.

You can also download a printable version, scoring instructions , or continue with the Patient Health Questionnaire.

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1 - a / 11

During the last 4 weeks...

How much have you been bothered by stomach pain?

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During the last 4 weeks...

How much have you been bothered by back pain?

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During the last 4 weeks...

How much have you been bothered by pain in your arms, legs, or joints (knees, hips, etc.)?

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During the last 4 weeks...

How much have you been bothered by menstrual cramps or other problems with your periods?

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During the last 4 weeks...

How much have you been bothered by pain or problems during sexual intercourse?

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How much have you been bothered by headaches?

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During the last 4 weeks...

How much have you been bothered by chest pain?

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During the last 4 weeks...

How much have you been bothered by dizziness?

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How much have you been bothered by fainting spells?

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During the last 4 weeks...

How much have you been bothered by feeling your heart pound or race?

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During the last 4 weeks...

How much have you been bothered by shortness of breath?

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During the last 4 weeks...

How much have you been bothered by constipation, loose bowels, or diarrhea?

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During the last 4 weeks...

How much have you been bothered by nausea, gas, or indigestion?

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Over the last 2 weeks...

How often have you been bothered by little interest or pleasure in doing things?

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Over the last 2 weeks...

How often have you been bothered by feeling down, depressed, or hopeless?

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Over the last 2 weeks...

How often have you been bothered by trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much?

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Over the last 2 weeks...

How often have you been bothered by feeling tired or having little energy?

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Over the last 2 weeks...

How often have you been bothered by poor appetite or overeating?

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Over the last 2 weeks...

How often have you been bothered by feeling bad about yourself — or that you are a failure or have let yourself or your family down?

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Over the last 2 weeks...

How often have you been bothered by trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching television?

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Over the last 2 weeks...

How often have you been bothered by moving or speaking so slowly that other people could have noticed? Or the opposite — being so fidgety or restless that you have been moving around a lot more than usual?

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Over the last 2 weeks...

How often have you been bothered by thoughts that you would be better off dead or of hurting yourself in some way?

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Anxiety

In the last 4 weeks, have you had an anxiety attack — suddenly feeling fear or panic?

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Anxiety

Has this ever happened before?

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Anxiety

Do some of these attacks come suddenly out of the blue — that is, in situations where you don’t expect to be nervous or uncomfortable?

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Anxiety

Do these attacks bother you a lot or are you worried about having another attack?

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Last Bad Anxiety Attack

Were you short of breath?

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Last Bad Anxiety Attack

Did your heart race, pound, or skip?

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Last Bad Anxiety Attack

Did you have chest pain or pressure?

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Last Bad Anxiety Attack

Did you sweat?

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Last Bad Anxiety Attack

Did you feel as if you were choking?

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Last Bad Anxiety Attack

Did you have hot flashes or chills?

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Last Bad Anxiety Attack

Did you have nausea or an upset stomach, or the feeling that you were going to have diarrhea?

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Last Bad Anxiety Attack

Did you feel dizzy, unsteady, or faint?

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Last Bad Anxiety Attack

Did you have tingling or numbness in parts of your body?

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Last Bad Anxiety Attack

Did you tremble or shake?

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Last Bad Anxiety Attack

Were you afraid you were dying?

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5 - a / 11

Over the last 4 weeks...

How often have you been bothered by feeling nervous, anxious, on edge, or worrying a lot about different things?

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5 - b / 11

Over the last 4 weeks...

How often have you been bothered by feeling restless so that it is hard to sit still?

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How often have you been bothered by getting tired very easily?

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5 - d / 11

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How often have you been bothered by muscle tension, aches, or soreness?

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Over the last 4 weeks...

How often have you been bothered by trouble falling asleep or staying asleep?

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5 - f / 11

Over the last 4 weeks...

How often have you been bothered by trouble concentrating on things, such as reading a book or watching TV?

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Over the last 4 weeks...

How often have you been bothered by becoming easily annoyed or irritable?

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Eating

Do you often feel that you can’t control what or how much you eat?

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Eating

Do you often eat, within any 2-hour period, what most people would regard as an unusually large amount of food?

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Eating

Has this been as often, on average, as twice a week for the last 3 months?

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In the last 3 months...

Have you made yourself vomit in order to avoid gaining weight?

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In the last 3 months...

Have you took more than twice the recommended dose of laxatives in order to avoid gaining weight?

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In the last 3 months...

Have you fasted — not eaten anything at all for at least 24 hours — in order to avoid gaining weight?

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In the last 3 months...

Have you exercised for more than an hour specifically to avoid gaining weight after binge eating in order to avoid gaining weight?

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Did you do any of these way to avoiding gaining weight as often, on average, as twice a week?

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Do you ever drink alcohol (including beer or wine)?

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10 - a / 11

In the last 6 months...

More than once you drank alcohol even though a doctor suggested that you stop drinking because of a problem with your health.

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10 - b / 11

In the last 6 months...

More than once you drank alcohol, were high from alcohol, or hung over while you were working, going to school, or taking care of children or other responsibilities.

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10 - c / 11

In the last 6 months...

More than once you missed or were late for work, school, or other activities because you were drinking or hung over.

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10 - d / 11

In the last 6 months...

More than once you had a problem getting along with other people while you were drinking.

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In the last 6 months...

More than once you drove a car after having several drinks or after drinking too much.

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

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