Depression Symptoms

Depression is a serious medical condition that occurs when areas of the brain that regulate mood don’t function as effectively as they should. Those with depression exhibit feelings of sadness, and often have trouble sleeping, lose their appetite, feel down or isolated, and take little interest or pleasure in doing things. In addition, they also experience self-destructive and potentially dangerous symptoms such as:

  • Feeling hopeless
  • Experiencing constant anxiety
  • Feeling worthless, like you're a failure or you’ve let yourself or your family down
  • Having trouble concentrating on everyday activities, such as reading or watching television
  • Moving or speaking slowly or being restless
  • Thinking about hurting yourself or feeling that you’d be better off dead

Take the Depression Screen

Each patient comes to us with a different set of experiences, symptoms, and body chemistry with a unique response to various medications and other types of therapy. Sometimes a medication or dosage that works for one person will not work for another. The best option may be a non-medication solution such as TMS. We will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that best fits your needs. As necessary, we will adjust your plan to ensure that you are responding well to treatment and feeling better.

Take a simple, nine-question depression screen below to find out if the symptoms you’re experiencing may be clinical depression. This screen is the Patient Health Questionnaire 9 (PHQ9), the industry-wide gold standard for assessing clinical depression. The PHQ9 is one of the tools we use to regularly assess our patients’ progress.

Disclaimer: This questionnaire is for information only and is not intended as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Not at
All
Several
Days
More Than
half the days
Nearly
Every Day
Little interest or pleasure in doing things
Feeling down, depressed, or hopeless
Trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much
Feeling tired or having little energy
Poor appetite or overeating
Feeling bad about yourself - or that you are a failure or have let yourself or your family down
Trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching television
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
Thoughts that you would be better off dead or of hurting yourself in some way
0 - Not at
All
1 - Several
Days
2 - More Than
half the days
3 - Nearly
Every Day
Little interest or pleasure in doing things
0 1 2 3
Feeling down, depressed, or hopeless
0 1 2 3
Trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much
0 1 2 3
Feeling tired or having little energy
0 1 2 3
Poor appetite or overeating
0 1 2 3
Feeling bad about yourself - or that you are a failure or have let yourself or your family down
0 1 2 3
Trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching television
0 1 2 3
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
0 1 2 3
Thoughts that you would be better off dead or of hurting yourself in some way
0 1 2 3

Your score: 0

Your score: 0

Scores <4 suggest minimal depression which may not require treatment.

Scores <4 suggest minimal depression which may not require treatment.

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