Behavioral health conditions


Everyone occasionally feels sad or down. These feelings typically are short-lived and pass within a few days. However, if an individual continuously feels sad, hopeless and lost – for weeks, months or even years – it is likely that they have some form of depression.

Major depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, affecting 6.7 percent (more than 16 million) of American adults each year (SAMHSA, 2014).

Refer to the resources below to help in screening and understanding depression, and get your patients the care they need. 

Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) is the most common screening tool to identify depression. It is available in multiple languages, accessible at

Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale for Children (CES-DC), ages 6-17 years, is a 20-item self-report questionnaire for young people. It asks them to rate how many depressive symptoms they have experienced in the last week and is useful for tracking depressive symptoms over time.

Conduct your own keyword search in our Healthwise library for more resources to help your patients make better health decisions.

  • Feeling hopeless
  • Sad, anxious or feeling empty
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Aches or pains
  • Headaches
  • Overeating or appetite loss
  • Difficulty sleeping or excessive sleeping
  • Excessive crying
  • Angry outbursts
  • Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements