Some Minnesota clinics are using this questionnaire to diagnose and monitor patients with depression. A score of 10 or higher can signify moderate or severe depression.

"Over the last two weeks, how often have you been bothered by any of the following problems?"

SCORING: Not at all = 0, Several days = 1, More than half the days = 2, Nearly every day = 3.

1. Little interest or pleasure in doing things.

2. Feeling down, depressed or hopeless.

3. Trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much.

4. Feeling tired or having little energy.

5. Poor appetite or overeating.

6. Feeling bad about yourself -- that you're a failure or have let yourself or your family down.

7. Trouble concentrating on things, such as reading or watching television.

8. Moving or speaking unusually slowly, or being more fidgety or restless than usual.

9. Thoughts that you would be better off dead or of hurting yourself.

Source: Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ9,) Minnesota DIAMOND project, Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI).

For more information, including a listing of Minnesota clinics participating in the new depression project, go to www.icsi.org/news/diamond_news.