When considering counselling/therapy for depression or anxiety it can be helpful to understand just how much our mood affects us. The sheets below are used routinely by the NHS to gauge anxiety and depression levels. The sheets are good for anyone who is experiencing low mood or bouts of anxiety.
PATIENT HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE (PHQ-9)
Below is a questionnaire to help with understanding the severity of depression. It can be helpful to measure depression at the start of therapy and review it later on.
GENERAL ANXIETY DISORDER (GAD-7)
Tips for dealing with depression from the NHS.
You can talk it through with your GP first if you prefer. Your GP can also tell you about antidepressants.
If you start to feel that your life isn’t worth living or about harming yourself, get help straight away.
- contact Samaritans on 116 123 for 24-hour confidential, non-judgemental emotional support
- call your GP and ask for an emergency appointment
- call 111 out of hours – they will help you find the support and help you need
You can find mental health apps and tools in the NHS apps library.
If you are feeling suicidal please seek help immediately and consider this very useful NHS app called distACT
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