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Depression

It is important to first understand depression. 

Use the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) (PDF, 279KB, About PDF) to perform a self-assessment to help you begin to explore whether the feelings, thoughts, or behaviors you may be experiencing could be depression. The PHQ-9 is not intended to take the place of an evaluation by a trained medical professional. 

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides many free resources to understand depression for employees, retirees, and family members. The EAP also offers free workshops. 

A mental health professional or your physician can advise you about whether you can benefit from treatment and describe different treatment alternatives. 

Stress and poor physical health are risk factors for depression. To maintain or improve your physical and emotional health, consider: 

Reviewed June 27, 2015.