New survey helps doctor ID mood disorders

March 9, 2010 2:17:56 PM PST
A new survey may help doctors diagnose mood disorders. It can identify anxiety, depression, PTSD and bipolar disorders in most cases.

It is a single page questionnaire called "My Mood Monitor" that researchers found was effective in screening for any mood or anxiety disorder 83 percent of the time, also for a specific disorder 76 percent of the time.

It is estimated that 1 in 10 Americans who suffer from depression and anxiety-related mental health disorders don't realize there is a problem and that these treatable illnesses are too often missed by doctors.

The study appears in the Annals of Family Medicine.