A simple one-page questionnaire could be an effective way of screening for mental-health problems in primary care. The My Mood Monitor checklist is made up of 27 questions and is designed to screen for depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Researchers from the University of North Carolina studied 647 adults who sought care at the university's Family Medicine Center between July 2007 and February 2008. The participants filled out a questionnaire at the time of their first visit and were then formally interviewed by mental-health professionals. The results showed that the checklist was effective in screening for mood and anxiety disorders 83% of the time and for a specific disorder in 76% of cases.
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