Anxiety and depression checklist (K10)

This simple checklist asks you to reflect on your feelings over the past four weeks.

Together, these ten questions measure how distressed you’ve been recently, by signs of depression and anxiety.

It is a measure of distress commonly used by Australian GPs and mental health professionals to determine what level of support you may require.

After completing this checklist, you can print your score for your records or to give to your GP.

In the past 4 weeks...
None of the time
A little of the time
Some of the time
Most of the time
All of the time
  1. About how often did you feel tired out for no good reason?
    Never
    Little
    Some
    Most
    Always
  2. About how often did you feel nervous?
    Never
    Little
    Some
    Most
    Always
  3. About how often did you feel so nervous that nothing could calm you down?
    Never
    Little
    Some
    Most
    Always
  4. About how often did you feel hopeless?
    Never
    Little
    Some
    Most
    Always
  5. About how often did you feel restless or fidgety?
    Never
    Little
    Some
    Most
    Always
  6. About how often did you feel so restless you could not sit still?
    Never
    Little
    Some
    Most
    Always
  7. About how often did you feel depressed?
    Never
    Little
    Some
    Most
    Always
  8. About how often did you feel that everything was an effort?
    Never
    Little
    Some
    Most
    Always
  9. About how often did you feel so sad that nothing could cheer you up?
    Never
    Little
    Some
    Most
    Always
  10. About how often did you feel worthless?
    Never
    Little
    Some
    Most
    Always
Worried about someone else?

Please don’t complete this checklist on behalf of someone else, as the score and recommendations are specifically for the person requiring help.

If you’re worried about someone else’s wellbeing, we would encourage you to have a conversation with them about it and support them to take this checklist themselves.

Visit our page How to talk to someone you’re worried about for more tips to help you have the conversation.

What happens next?

Your responses will help us provide you information about the range of distress that you currently fall into, compared to the general population.

  • Based on these responses, we'll help you take the next step, with information and contacts so you can seek support.
  • Please remember that this checklist does not give a diagnosis – only a health professional can provide that – but it can give you a better sense of how you're feeling. 
What happens to my information?

We cannot trace your checklist score back to any individual, however we do retain information about the number of visitors completing the checklist who fall within each range of distress.

This enables us to develop and provide appropriate resources, and measure general changes to the levels of distress in Beyond Blue visitors over time.

Professor Ronald C Kessler of the Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School is thanked for the use of research on the K10 funded by US Public Health Service Grants RO1 MH46376, R01 MH52861, RO1 MH49098, and K05 MH00507 and by the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation Network on Successful Midlife Development (Gilbert Brim, Director). 

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