Major Depression Inventory (MDI)

12 question depression severity scale


1.Have you felt low in spirits or sad?
2.Have you lost interest in your daily activities?
3.Have you felt lacking in energy and strength?
4.Have you felt less self-confident?
5.Have you had a bad conscience or feelings of guilt?
6.Have you felt that life wasn’t worth living?
7.Have you had difficulty in concentrating, e.g. when reading the newspaper or watching television?
8.Have you felt very restless?
9.Have you felt subdued or slowed down?
10.Have you had trouble sleeping at night?
11.Have you suffered from reduced appetite?
12.Have you suffered from increased appetite?


The Major Depression Inventory (MDI) is a self-report mood questionnaire developed by the World Health Organisation by Professor Per Bech, a psychiatrist based at Frederiksborg General Hospital in Denmark. The MDI differs from many other self-report questionnaires because it is free of charge, translated into seven languages, can use for a ICD-10 or DSM-IV diagnosis of clinical depression, and estimate symptom severity (mild, moderate, and severe).

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1. Have you felt low in spirits or sad?

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The following questions ask about how you have been feeling over the last two weeks.

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