Mental Health Screenings: GAD-7, the Mood Disorder Questionnaire, PHQ, QUIDS

The new psychiatrist emails a handful of screening questionnaires before the appointment (which is on Wednesday.) I thought I’d share the screens below.

Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ) The Mood Disorder Questionnaire
GAD-7 QUIDS: The Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology


 

Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ)

Over the last 2 weeks, how often have you been bothered by any of the following problems?

  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 are a failure or 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        


 

The Mood Disorder Questionnaire

Instructions: Please answer each question to the best of your ability.

1. Has there ever been a period of time when you were not your usual self and…

  Yes No
   
…you felt so good or so hyper that other people thought you were not your normal self or you were so hyper that you got into trouble?    
…you were so irritable that you shouted at people or started fights or arguments?    
…you felt much more self-confident than usual?    
…you got much less sleep than usual and found you didn’t really miss it?    
…you were much more talkative or spoke much faster than usual?    
…thoughts raced through your head or you couldn’t slow your mind down?    
…you were so easily distracted by things around you that you had trouble concentrating or staying on track?    
…you had much more energy than usual?    
…you were much more active or did many more things than usual?    
…you were much more social or outgoing than usual, for example, you telephoned friends in the middle of the night?    
…you were much more interested in sex than usual?    
…you did things that were unusual for you or that other people might have thought were excessive, foolish, or risky?    
…spending money got you or your family into trouble?    

2. If you checked YES to more than one of the above, have several of these ever happened during the same period of time?

Yes No
   

3. How much of a problem did any of these cause you – like being unable to work; having family, money or legal troubles; getting into arguments or fights?

No Problem Minor Problem Moderate Problem Severe Problem
       
  Yes No
4. Have any of your blood relatives (i.e. children, siblings, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles) had manic-depressive illness or bipolar disorder?    
5. Has a health professional ever told you that you have manic-depressive illness or bipolar disorder?    


 

GAD-7

Please read each statement and select a number 0, 1, 2 or 3 which indicates how much the statement applied to you over the past two weeks. There are no right or wrong answers. Do not spend too much time on any one statement. This assessment is not intended to be a diagnosis. If you are concerned about your results in any way, please speak with a qualified health professional.

  0: Not At All 1: Several Days 2. More Than Half the Days 3. Nearly Every Day
Feeling nervous, anxious or on edge        
Not being able to stop or control worrying        
Worrying too much about different things        
Trouble relaxing        
Being so restless that it is hard to sit still        
Becoming easily annoyed or irritable        
Feeling afraid as if something awful might happen/td>

       


 

QUIDS: The Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology

Choose the one response to each item that best describes you for the past seven days.

1. Falling Asleep:
__ I never take longer than 30 minutes to fall asleep.
__ I take at least 30 minutes to fall asleep, less than half the time.
__ I take at least 30 minutes to fall asleep, more than half the time.
__ I take more than 60 minutes to fall asleep, more than half the time.

2. Sleep During the Night:
__ I do not wake up at night.
__ I have a restless, light sleep with a few brief awakenings each night.
__ I wake up at least once a night, but I go back to sleep easily.
__ I awaken more than once a night and stay awake for 20 minutes or more, more than half the time.

3. Waking Up Too Early:
__ Most of the time, I awaken no more than 30 minutes before I need to get up.
__ More than half the time, I awaken more than 30 minutes before I need to get up.
__ I almost always awaken at least one hour or so before I need to, but I go back to sleep eventually.
__ I awaken at least one hour before I need to, and can’t go back to sleep.

4. Sleeping Too Much:
__ I sleep no longer than 7-8 hours/night, without napping during the day.
__ I sleep no longer than 10 hours in a 24-hour period including naps.
__ I sleep no longer than 12 hours in a 24-hour period including naps.
__ I sleep longer than 12 hours in a 24-hour period including naps.

5. Feeling Sad:
__ I do not feel sad.
__ I feel sad less than half the time.
__ I feel sad more than half the time.
__ I feel sad nearly all of the time.

Please complete either 6 or 7 (not both)
6. Decreased Appetite:
__ There is no change in my usual appetite.
__ I eat somewhat less often or lesser amounts of food than usual.
__ I eat much less than usual and only with personal effort.
__ I rarely eat within a 24-hour period, and only with extreme personal effort or when others persuade me to eat.

- OR -

7. Increased Appetite:
__ There is no change from my usual appetite.
__ I feel a need to eat more frequently than usual.
__ I regularly eat more often and/or greater amounts of food than usual.
__ I feel driven to overeat both at mealtime and between meals.

Please complete either 8 or 9 (not both)
8. Decreased Weight (Within the Last Two Weeks):
__ I have not had a change in my weight.
__ I feel as if I have had a slight weight loss.
__ I have lost 2 pounds or more.
__ I have lost 5 pounds or more.

- OR -

9. Increased Weight (Within the Last Two Weeks):
__ I have not had a change in my weight.
__ I feel as if I have had a slight weight gain.
__ I have gained 2 pounds or more.
__ I have gained 5 pounds or more.

10. Concentration / Decision Making:
__ There is no change in my usual capacity to concentrate or make decisions.
__ I occasionally feel indecisive or find that my attention wanders.
__ Most of the time, I struggle to focus my attention or to make decisions.
__ I cannot concentrate well enough to read or cannot make even minor decisions.

11. View of Myself:
__ I see myself as equally worthwhile and deserving as other people.
__ I am more self-blaming than usual.
__ I largely believe that I cause problems for others.
__ I think almost constantly about major and minor defects in myself.

12. Thoughts of Death or Suicide:
__ I do not think of suicide or death.
__ I feel that life is empty or wonder if it’s worth living.
__ I think of suicide or death several times a week for several minutes.
__ I think of suicide or death several times a day in some detail.
__ I have made specific plans for suicide or have actually tried to take my life.

13. General Interest
__ There is no change from usual in how interested I am in other people or activities.
__ I notice that I am less interested in people or activities.
__ I find I have interest in only one or two of my formerly pursued activities.
__ I have virtually no interest in formerly pursued activities.

14. Energy Level:
__ There is no change in my usual level of energy.
__ I get tired more easily than usual.
__ I have to make a big effort to start or finish my usual daily activities (for example, shopping, homework, cooking, or going to work).
__ I really cannot carry out most of my usual daily activities because I just don’t have the energy.

15. Feeling Slowed Down:
__ I think, speak, and move at my usual rate of speed.
__ I find that my thinking is slowed down or my voice sounds dull or flat.
__ It takes me several seconds to respond to most questions and I’m sure my thinking is slowed.
__ I am often unable to respond to questions without extreme effort.

16. Feeling Restless:
__ I do not feel restless.
__ I’m often fidgety, wringing my hands, or need to shift how I am sitting.
__ I have impulses to move about and am quite restless.
__ At times, I am unable to stay seated and need to pace around.

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5 thoughts on “Mental Health Screenings: GAD-7, the Mood Disorder Questionnaire, PHQ, QUIDS

  1. Those questions are enough to make anyone feel crazy! What is all going to mean? Will the p-doc have a clearer image in his crystal ball? Good luck with all that.

  2. Pingback: Build Your Own Mental Health Rating Scale | anxiety adventures

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