Most of us notice some days we feel lower, more fed up or stressed than other days. Sometimes this experience can become more persistent and we can start to notice feeling worse most days.

How have you felt in the last 2 weeks? If you have noticed you have been struggling with how you have been feeling, answering the following short questions can help you to decide whether you may benefit from seeking further support to help yourself.

They only take a minute or two to complete. Generally, the more concerned/bothered you are, the higher the score.

 

Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ9)

Over the last two weeks, how often have you been bothered by any of the following problems?

 

Generalized Anxiety Disorder Questionnaire (GAD7)

Over the last two weeks, how often have you been bothered by any of the following problems?

 

Work and Social Adjustment Scale (WSAS)

Please rate each of the following questions on a 0 to 8 scale, where 0 indicates no impairment at all and 8 indicates severe impairment

 

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 9 questions (PHQ9) indicate the potential severity of any depression symptoms you may be experiencing. The following 7 questions (GAD7) indicate the potential severity of any anxiety symptoms. The final 5 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 9 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 7 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 5 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 613822, or email wellbeing.telford@sssft.nhs.uk 

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