Health State Descriptions Time Begin
Now I would like to review different functions of your body. When answering these questions, I would like you to think about the last 30 days, taking both good and bad days into account. When I ask about difficulty, I would like you to consider how much difficulty you have had, on an average, in the past 30 days, while doing the activity in the way that you usually do it. By difficulty I mean requiring increased effort, discomfort or pain, slowness or changes in the way you do the activity. Please answer this question taking into account any assistance you have available.
Overall in the last 30 days, how much of a problem did you have with feeling sad, low or depressed?
Warning: these figures indicate the number of cases found in the data file. They cannot be interpreted as summary statistics of the population of interest.
For this question, each site will have to find a culturally equivalent term for sadness or depression that makes sense and is understood by the respondent. By problem, we mean how these states have interfered with a person’s life, such as not been able to do certain activities because of feeling distressed.
Distress, sadness or worry must be understood as occurring more often than normal.
Everybody worries but it becomes a problem when a person worries more than usual with things that she would normally not worry about. Sadness is often characterised by feeling tearful, tired and hopeless and loss of interest.