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Depression Test

Look over the following list of symptoms:
(Symptoms of a major depressive episode)

Check all symptoms that apply

  • Loss of interest in or pleasure from previously enjoyable activities

  • Loss of appetite, often with weight loss or, especially in women, increased appetite (typically for sweets and starchy foods), with weight gain

  • Difficulty staying asleep (some depressed people wake up very early in the morning and can’t get back to sleep) or oversleeping

  • Feeling agitated, having a hard time sitting still or feeling lethargic and having a hard time getting going

  • Feelings of worthlessness or intense guilt

  • Trouble concentrating or having a hard time making decisions

  • Thinking about suicide or repeated thoughts about death and dying

Test Results

Have you had at least a couple of the symptoms listed on this depression test for more than a few weeks? If you don’t abuse alcohol or drugs and your doctor can not find anything physically wrong, you may be in a major depressive episode. If you have several of the symptoms on this depression test and are having trouble functioning, this depression test suggests you may be in a severe depressive episode.

See a list of commonly prescribed depression medications

Depression vs. Depressed Mood

Notice that this depression test does not say anything about depressed mood. That is because a depressed mood is not the best symptom by which to identify a major depressive episode. First of all, depression is a normal human experience. It does not, by itself, identify the illness of depression. Second, it is possible for you to be in a major depressive episode and not feel depressed or sad. If you are severely depressed, for example, you may not feel much of anything at all. You may feel emotionless and lifeless.

Alternatives to Medication

You may feel relieved to learn that what is troubling you has a name and a solution. But sometimes people feel shaken up or disturbed by the diagnosis. You may even feel worse than before you took the depression test! It may help to know that the diagnosis does not mean you are weak or somehow at fault. It does not mean you are doomed to suffer forever. And it doesn’t mean you have to take medication. There are other ways professionals can help, including psychotherapy and some potentially useful natural supplements.

Do not be too ready to dismiss the symptoms on this depression test as normal or expected just because there may be many bad things happening in your life. While it may be natural to feel depressed when bad things happen, you don’t have to suffer through a major depressive episode.

Other Causes of Depression

There is a saying that medical doctors use: “All that wheezes is not asthma.” This means, of course, that wheezing, although a typical sign of asthma, can also be caused by a host of other problems. Well, all who suffer from depression are not simply depressed. There are a host of physical problems that can cause depression symptoms. Alcohol and drug abuse can also lead to depression. Then there is “the other depression.” As many as half of people who score high on a depression test may have bipolar depression – a kind of depression that requires special treatment. Please visit my page on bipolar symptoms by clicking that button on the left.

Consult a Professional

This depression test should not be used as a substitute for a consultation with a professional. If you have some of these symptoms, and especially if other immediate family members have had depression, extreme moodiness or irritability, or problems with anxiety, you should speak to a mental health professional right away. We know a lot more about depression and how to help you get over it than we did just 15 years ago. Recognition of a major depressive episode by taking this or any other depression test is just the beginning. Get help. Remember, you don’t have to suffer!

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