PLEASE NOTE - If you scored highly on Question 9 of the PHQ9, about thoughts of self-harm, we strongly recommend you seek support as soon as possible. Thoughts of self harm can be a very distressing part of depression or anxiety, but support is available from your GP, or the Samaritans (call 116 123).
What does the questionnaire tell you?
The first nine questions (PHQ9) indicate the potential severity of any depression symptoms you may be experiencing. The following seven questions (GAD7) indicate the potential severity of any anxiety symptoms. The final five questions (WSAS) ask how much what is going on for you gets in the way of day to day tasks. We use this questionnaire regularly to monitor change.
Scoring above nine on the depression questions can indicate you may be experiencing symptoms of depression and seeking clarification from a health professional is advised. Likewise if you score above seven on the anxiety questions we would suggest the same course of action. Generally the higher the score the more severe and persistent your symptoms may be and we would encourage you to consider seeking support from us.
However, it is important to interpret these scores in relation to each other, as the scores themselves do not prove the existence of a particular symptom. We would also suggest that the final five questions can be useful in determining whether you want to seek help at this stage. The longer we don’t address an issue the more of an impact it can have on our day to day lives, so it may be better to take some time now rather than putting it off.
If you would like to refer yourself for an assessment with our team, call us on 01952 457415, or fill in our online form here.
If you don't feel you want to speak to someone directly for support, but would like to learn some techniques to help with your mental health, check out our online therapy programmes.