ICD-9 Diagnosis Code V79.0

Screening for depression

Diagnosis Code V79.0

ICD-9: V79.0
Short Description: Screening for depression
Long Description: Screening for depression
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code V79.0

Code Classification
  • Supplementary classification of factors influencing health status and contact with health services
    • Persons without reported diagnosis encountered during examination and investigation of individuals and populations (V70-V82)
      • V79 Special screening for mental disorders and developmental handicaps

Information for Medical Professionals

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  • Negative screening for depression on Patient Health Questionnaire 9
  • Positive screening for depression on Patient Health Questionnaire 9

Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code V79.0 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

    • Screening (for) V82.9
      • depression V79.0

Information for Patients


Also called: Clinical depression, Dysthymic disorder, Major depressive disorder, Unipolar depression

Depression is a serious medical illness that involves the brain. It's more than just a feeling of being "down in the dumps" or "blue" for a few days. If you are one of the more than 20 million people in the United States who have depression, the feelings do not go away. They persist and interfere with your everyday life. Symptoms can include

  • Sadness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
  • Change in weight
  • Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
  • Energy loss
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Depression is a disorder of the brain. There are a variety of causes, including genetic, environmental, psychological, and biochemical factors. Depression usually starts between the ages of 15 and 30, and is much more common in women. Women can also get postpartum depression after the birth of a baby. Some people get seasonal affective disorder in the winter. Depression is one part of bipolar disorder.

There are effective treatments for depression, including antidepressants and talk therapy. Most people do best by using both.

NIH: National Institute of Mental Health

  • Depression
  • Depression - elderly
  • Depression - stopping your medicines
  • Dysthymia
  • Heart disease and depression
  • Learning about depression
  • Major depression
  • Major depression with psychotic features

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Health Screening

Also called: Screening tests

Screenings are tests that look for diseases before you have symptoms. Screening tests can find diseases early, when they're easier to treat. You can get some screenings in your doctor's office. Others need special equipment, so you may need to go to a different office or clinic.

Some conditions that doctors commonly screen for include

  • Breast cancer and cervical cancer in women
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Osteoporosis
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Prostate cancer in men

Which tests you need depends on your age, your sex, your family history, and whether you have risk factors for certain diseases. After a screening test, ask when you will get the results and whom to talk to about them.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

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