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Of the millions of Americans struggling with depression, the vast majority will not get the help they need. This can be true for several reasons. Depression treatments can be expensive and hard to access for those without insurance or other resources. Additionally, many people are too embarrassed or ashamed to seek help from a doctor or therapist. This may create a vicious cycle of loneliness, hopelessness, and isolation that makes it even harder to find the courage to reach out for assistance.

One of the most common reasons people fail to get professional treatment for depression is that they are mis-or undiagnosed. The PHQ-9 Depression Questionnaire is an initial understanding and starting point to determine if your or a loved one’s behavior aligns with the criteria for a depression diagnosis. Learn more about depression treatment with Harmony Hills’ depression treatment program.

Does My Loved One Have Depression? – PHQ-9 Depression Quiz

If you suspect that your loved one is showing signs of depression, use this free quiz as a starting point for further investigation. Please fill this out for you or a loved one.

This online screening is not a diagnostic tool. Only a trained medical professional, like a doctor or mental health professional, can help determine a diagnosis.

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What Is Depression?

Depression, also known as Major Depressive Disorder, is a common but severe mental health disorder. It leads to a range of emotional and physical problems that can significantly impair a person’s ability to function in their daily life. What characterizes depression is not just feeling down or having a bad day but a persistent feeling of sadness or a lack of interest in outside stimuli.

Symptoms of Depression

The symptoms of major depressive disorder can be varied and complex, but the PHQ-9 Depression Scale is a valuable tool for identifying some common signs and symptoms of depression. These symptoms must last for at least two weeks for a diagnosis of depression:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
  • Loss of pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
  • Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
  • Irritability

Moreover, physical manifestations of depression can often be overlooked but are just as critical in a comprehensive understanding of depression. Here are some of the physical symptoms commonly associated with depression:

  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
  • Physical aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and that do not ease even with treatment
  • Decreased energy or fatigue, feeling “slowed down”

Understanding these signs and symptoms is the first step towards recognizing depression in oneself or in a loved one. It’s crucial to remember that the PHQ-9 Depression Screening tool is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Still, it can be a helpful starting point for discussing with a healthcare provider.

Getting Help for Depression with Harmony Hills

Once you’ve taken the PHQ-9 Depression Screening, look at your results. If it appears that you may be experiencing depression, consider talking to a healthcare provider about treatment options for depression. Even if you don’t think you are suffering from depression, the PHQ-9 can still be useful in helping to track the severity of your symptoms over time.

Harmony Hills provides comprehensive depression treatment programs to help treat individuals with depression and other mental health disorders. We understand the importance of clinical and holistic recovery approaches, and our team is dedicated to helping you find a path to lasting mental wellness.

With the right help, it’s possible to manage symptoms of depression and live a life that feels meaningful and fulfilling again. Be sure to seek professional advice if you or your loved ones are struggling with depression. Asking for help is never a sign of weakness; it is one of the bravest things you can do.

Contact us today at 855.494.0357 for more information about our depression treatment program.