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Talking to Your Doctor About Depression

Published on Apr 12, 2013
Authored by Pfizer Medical Team

Everyone feels down from time to time. We get stressed, fatigued, anxious, and tired. Often, these feelings pass quickly. If they don’t, you could be suffering from depression. Mental health is just as important as physical health. That's why it's important to talk to your physician if you or someone you care for shows signs of depression. To get the conversation started, try filling out the following questionnaire and sharing your results with your doctor.


This tool is not intended to result in a diagnosis or a treatment recommendation. It’s meant to help you have a more meaningful discussion with your doctor. No information about you will be collected or stored.

Not at all Several Days More Than Half The Days Nearly Every Day
  1. Little interest or pleasure in doing things
  2. Feeling down, depressed, or hopeless
  3. Trouble falling or staying asleep or sleeping too much
  4. Feeling tired or having little energy
  5. Poor appetite or overeating
  6. Feeling bad about yourself-or that you have let yourself or your family down
  7. Trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching television
  8. 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
  9. Thoughts that you would be better off dead or of hurting yourself in some way


  • 1. American Psychiatric Association. Mood disorder not otherwise specified. In: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.4th ed. Arlington, VA; 2000: 410-427.
  • 2. Spitzer RL, Williams JBW, Kroenke K et al. Patient health questionnaire-9. New York, NY: Pfizer Inc.
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