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If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please use these resources:

  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
  • Talk to someone online through the Lifeline Crisis Chat.
  • If you are a teen, get text support from the Crisis Text Line by texting "listen" to 741-741.
  • If you are a veteran, contact the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255.
  • Call 911 or go to your local emergency room.

What are Mood Disorders?

Mood: The pervasive feeling, tone, and internal emotional state of an individual which, when impaired, can markedly influence virtually all aspects of a person's behavior or his or her perception of external events. Stedman's Medical Dictionary, 26th Edition

Mood disorder: The mood disorders are a large, varied group of clinical syndromes featuring severe disturbance in mood interfering with well-being and functioning. Currently defined mood disorders include unipolar depressive disorders without hypomanic or manic episodes, and bipolar disorders characterized by both episodic depression and hypomania or mania.

Secondary mood disorders are determined to result from the effects of a medical illness or the effects of a substance. Therefore it is important to rule out or identify any underlying cause that may require clinical management.

Depressive disorders range from major depressive episodes to dysthymia, a depressed mood that does not meet criteria for major depressive disorder.

Bipolar disorders, sometimes referred to as "manic depression", can be seen as various combinations of manic, hypomanic, major depressive episodes, or even mixed episodes. These disorders include Bipolar I, Bipolar II, Bipolar NOS and cyclothymic disorder.

Depression Questionnaire

Depression Questionnaire (PDF)

Instructions: You may print and complete this paper questionnaire. The table below provides simple feedback and is not intended to give you a diagnosis of depression. Review your results and questions with your health care provider or a mental health professional.

PHQ-9 Score Suggestive of:
5 - 9 Minimal symptoms
10-14 Minor depression, dysthymia or major depression - mild
15 - 19 Major depression - moderately severe
20 or higher Major depression - severe

You can also access an anonymous, online version of the same questionnaire with feedback provided. Print your results to review with your health care provider or a mental health professional.

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