Kessler 10 (K10)

The K10 is a single measure of psychological distress based on how you've been coping over the last four weeks. It has been used in a number of population health surveys in Australia. A score >30 means that you need to ask for expert help.

A survey in 2000 categorised 2% of respondents as being at high risk for emotional distress (30-50) and 28% as medium risk (16-29).

1. In the past 4 weeks, about how often did you feel tired out for no good reason?





2. In the past 4 weeks, about how often did you feel nervous?





3. In the past 4 weeks, about how often did you feel so nervous that nothing could calm you down?





4. In the past 4 weeks, about how often did you feel hopeless?





5. In the past 4 weeks, about how often did you feel restless or fidgety?





6. In the past 4 weeks, about how often did you feel so restless you could not sit still?





7. In the past 4 weeks, about how often did you feel depressed?





8. In the past 4 weeks, about how often did you feel that everything was an effort





9. In the past 4 weeks, about how often did you feel so sad that nothing could cheer you up





10. In the past 4 weeks, about how often did you feel worthless?





An initiative of the Doctors’ Health Advisory Service (NSW), the Medical Benevolent Association, the AMA Doctors in Training Group, the Resident Medical Officers’ Associations, the Australian Medical Students’ Association, the Clinical Education and Training Institute and the NSW Employee Assistance Program with funding from the Medical Board of NSW (2009).