What is the PHQ-9 Tool?
The PHQ-9 survey is a validated industry wide used tool used to assess the degree of depression present in an individual. The PHQ-9 test is now accessible for members who report depression on PatientsLikeMe and is in the MY HEALTH drop down menu.
How does it differ from the Mood Map?
Since the PHQ-9 survey is a standard assessment tool for mental health professionals, it guarantees more useful data for you and your provider to discuss.
The Mood Map was created by PatientsLikeMe to determine how factors such as depression, mania, or emotional control problems affect your mood. While the Mood Map was helpful for tracking these factors, the PHQ-9 survey ensures you are tracking how you feel with a standardized test that your clinician is familiar with.
The PHQ-9 tool will eventually replace the Mood Map on PatientsLikeMe, so we encourage everyone to transition from the Mood Map now!
How do I use the PHQ-9 tool?
You can complete one of these surveys per day, enabling you to better track how you feel and provide the most relevant information to your clinician. Simply head to the MY HEALTH section of your account and click on PHQ-9.
From there, you can take the survey by clicking the yellow button:
Answer all the questions that appear and click “submit.” Once you do, you’ll see your results listed under “Past entries.” Click the eye icon on an entry to view or edit your results. Click the trash can icon to delete your results.
What does my score mean?
The PHQ-9 survey is not a screening tool for depression or for self-diagnosis. It’s intended use is to monitor the severity of depression and response to treatment. Higher scores may indicate more severe depression, while low scores indicate mild depression.
If you have any questions or concerns about the PHQ-9 or your score, please follow up with your treatment providers.
Questions about your account? Please contact us and we'd be happy to help.