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Depression

Last Updated on May 17, 2021

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Everyone feels sad or down from time to time.

Depression is more than sadness. It is a mood disorder that can cause problems in your day to day life, low energy, tearfulness, sleeping problems, changes in your appetite, and sometimes thoughts of suicide. Many people experience depression, and there is help available. People with depression can feel better and live full, active lives.

This interactive quiz can screen for possible depression symptoms.

For adults:

Online Depression Screen
Printable Version – Adults (PDF)
Printable Version – 11-17yo (PDF)

Source: Johnson JG, Harris ES, Spitzer RL, Williams JBW: The Patient Health Questionnaire for Adolescents: Validation of an instrument for the assessment of mental disorders among adolescent primary care patients. J Adolescent Health 30:196–204, 2002.

If you are feeling depressed, we still recommend a complete assessment by a behavioral health professional. Health Choice can connect you with a behavioral health professional for a complete assessment and treatment recommendations. Please call us at 1-800-322-8670.

If you are having an emotional crisis or know someone who is at risk of physical harm, hurting themselves or someone else, call the Behavioral Health Crisis Hotline immediately.

Here are some warning signs:

  • Hopelessness; feeling like there’s no way out
  • Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, mood swings
  • Feeling like there is no reason to live
  • Rage or anger
  • Engaging in risky activities without thinking
  • Increasing alcohol or drug use
  • Withdrawing from family and friends

Call 911 if:

  • You are concerned about harming or hurting yourself or someone else
  • Thinking about killing yourself, or looking for ways to take your life
  • Talking about death, dying or suicide
  • You or someone else has overdosed

You are able to get crisis services, even if you are not Title 19/21 eligible (i.e., not eligible for AHCCCS) or determined to have a Serious Mental Illness. The Crisis Line connects people in crisis and their families and friends with information and qualified caring health care professionals. The Crisis Line is completely confidential and is open to anyone who needs help regardless of insurance.

Crisis Services include:

  • Crisis Intervention Phone services, including a toll free number, available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week
  • Mobile Crisis Intervention services, available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week
  • 24-hour Crisis Observation/Stabilization services, including detoxification services; and as funding allows, up to 72 hours of additional crisis stabilization; and substance use-related crisis services, including follow-up services for stabilization.

 

REGIONAL CRISIS LINES INFORMATION PHONE NUMBERS
Maricopa County 1-800-631-1314 or 602-222-9444
Pima and Pinal County 1-866-495-6735
Apache, Coconino, Gila, Mohave, Navajo, and Yavapai 1-877-756-4090

 

 


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