Which tests are used for to screen for depression and bipolar disorder?

Updated: Mar 28, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Depression screening tests can be used to screen for depression and bipolar disorder. The most widely used is the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9). It is important to understand that the results obtained from the use of any depression rating scales are imperfect in any population, especially the geriatric population. (See Workup.)


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