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It is not uncommon to experience significant stress, anxiety or depression when receiving your LVAD or becoming a caregiver for an LVAD recipient. There have been a lot of changes in your life recently and change can be a hard adjustment. We have provided this tool to help you or a loved one identify when you may need to seek alternative routes for gaining the support that you need.

Personal Health Questionnaire Depression Scale

Over the last 2 weeks, how often have you been bothered by any of the following problems?

(count one number on each line)

How often during the past 2 weeks were you bothered by:

Not at All Several Days More Than Half the Days Nearly Every Day

1. Little interest or pleasure in doing things 0 1 2 3

2. Feeling down, depressed, or hopeless 0 1 2 3

3. Trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much 0 1 2 3

4. Feeling tired or having little energy 0 1 2 3

5. Poor appetite or overeating 0 1 2 3

6. Feeling bad about yourself, or that you are a failure, or have let yourself or family down 0 1 2 3

7. Trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching television 0 1 2 3

8. Moving or speaking so slowly that other people could have noticed. Or the opposite – being so fidgety or restless that you have been moving around a lot more than usual 0 1 2 3


Keep track of your score. If two consecutive numbers are circled, score the higher (more distress) number. If the numbers are not consecutive, do not score the item. Your score is the sum of the 8 items. If more than 1 item is missing, set the value of the scale to missing. A score of 10 or greater is considered major depression, 20 or more is severe major depression.

Available Resources 

No matter what problems you are dealing with, there are resources available to help. If you are experiencing any type of depression, we encourage you to reach out to your Transplant Team and/or VAD Coordinator. Please reach out to representatives that can help and are available to talk. If you consider yourself to be severely depressed or are having thoughts of injuring yourself, there are resources available to help 24/7. Online you may access to chat with a representative or you can call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to connect with a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.

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This tool is brought to you in part by Stanford Patient Education Research Center, 1000 Welch Road, Suite 204,Palo Alto CA 94304. Contact: (650) 723-7935 or visit Funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)