A Free Screening for Depression
This simple depression test is an easy way to determine if you are experiencing symptoms of depression. People often suffer the symptoms of depression for years without ever recognizing that relief is possible. The depression test is a good way to increase your awareness and begin the process of recovery.
Answer Yes or No to the following eleven questions:
- Do you have a persistently sad, anxious, or “empty” mood?
- Do you have feeelings of hopelessness or pessimism?
- Do you feel guilty, worthless, or helpless?
- Have you lost your interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that you once enjoyed, including sex?
- Do you have a loss of energy, fatigue, slowed down feelings or heavy limbs?
- Have difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decision, or absorbing information?
- Do you have insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping?
- Have you lost your appetite or lost weight, or been overeating and gained weight?
- Do you have thoughts of death or suicide, or made suicide attempts?
- Do you often feel restless, irritable, easily frustrated, or impatient?
- Do you have persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain?
- Even if you only answered "Yes" to one of the above questions, I advise you to get an evaluation by a medical doctor, to rule out any physical causes, before seeking further treatment for depression.
- If you answered "Yes" to two or more of the Depression Test questions, after ruling out medical causes, it is strongly advised that you consider consulting with a psychotherapist (a Psychologist, Marriage and Family Therapist, or other Licensed Mental Health Counselor), or a psychiatrist or or other health professional experienced in treating depression.
- The type of depression you are experiencing is partly a function of both severity and duration. Depression symptoms can be present for many years, or can suddently appear within a short time and continue for several weeks or longer.
If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, or impulses to harm yourself, it is extremely important that you seek help immediately. Please either go the the nearest hospital emergency room or psychiatric crisis facility, see a licensed therapist who is available on an urgent basis, or call 1-800-SUICIDE for free crisis counseling or call 911.
Making a decision regarding your treatment should be done with care. There are many options to explore in treating your depression, including many
self-help techniques and
alternative or complimentary therapies
The most effective technique I've found for eliminating depression, is
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This website may serve as a depression self-help tool, but the use of this information and this depression test does not constitute a therapist/client relationship and should not serve as a means of self-diagnosis or a substitution for actual psychotherapy. The information on this site is for informational purposes only.