From Insider: “If your doctor suspects you might ‘have depression,’ there’s a go-to questionnaire they might pull out with nine questions to answer about how you’ve been feeling over the past two weeks.
The questions touch on a range of potential issues, from sleep disturbances, to appetite changes, concentration issues, and your general enjoyment of life.
Many experts say this tool, called the PHQ-9, was never meant to be a definitive diagnostic test aimed at ‘diagnosing’ ‘mental health issues.’ It was designed as a first-ditch screening tool; a conversation starter between doctor and patient.
But for primary care physicians strapped for time in the exam room, it is often used as a stand-in for a more in-depth clinical evaluation — a go-to prescribing tool for antidepressants.
Critics say the issue is that this tool was developed by Pfizer, shortly after Zoloft came on the market.
‘These forms have a very low criteria for anxiety and depression,’ UK-based psychotherapist James Davies, co-founder of the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry, told the Telegraph in 2017. ‘It’s about getting people in and out of the door in 10 minutes,’ often, with a prescription in hand.”
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