doctor’s office: depression screener or pharma fishing

I mean yeah, all the time, but no more than usual, so no need to open up that Pandora’s Box.

This was on a sheet of several sections of questions provided to me prior to my physical exam.

If one needs assistance for these things, it should be sought, but I view this as a “pharma” fishing expedition. My doctor watches for these issues anyway. I can tell it and think it’s ok that they handle it through conversation mostly. I was warned years ago by the doctor that significantly positive answers require followup, so answer with care and don’t play around.

I assume this questionnaire can be declined, but I just make the little circles and go on.

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