Usually I am the last to realise when a bad patch descends on me – even though it’s noticeable to others. I become (even) less communicative, my speech and thinking slows, concentration is poor and I can’t make any decisions.

I want to try out some tools – questionnaires essentially – to see if they are useful for monitoring changes. If so, I want to see if the changes in mood correlate to the things I am doing to combat my depression, albeit very crudely. For example, does feeling better seem to correlate with daily running?

This paper by Anderson et al, Depression in primary care: Tools for screening, diagnosis, and measuring response to treatment. (BCMJ, Vol. 44, No. 8, October, 2002, pp 415-419) discusses (as the title suggests…) tools for the screening and diagnosis of depression, and for measuring outcomes.  In the latter category, it looks at the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D) and the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), whilst suggesting an abbreviated version of the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) can also be be used for monitoring outcomes.

PHQ-9 is my first test case, over on the map my mood page.

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