Directions: Do you have enough depression symptoms to qualify for a diagnosis of clinical depression? Take our test and see. Read the questions and select the answer which best fits your situation. Click "next question" to register your answers. After all of the questions have been answered, you will receive both your score and an interpretation of what it means.
Please be patient until you have answered all 10 questions. While it may feel disheartening to be checking off several symptoms, it is possible to have certain depression symptoms without actually meeting the diagnostic criteria for this condition. You won't know what your score is without completing the entire test.
What to Do If You Score High on the Depression Test
If you have a score which is indicative of possible depression, you should make an appointment to see doctor, ideally your own personal physician or a general practitioner. He will be able to determine if there are any identifiable causes for your depression symptoms, such an illness or medication side effects. If other causes for your symptoms have been ruled out, then he may either treat you himself or refer you to a mental health professional for medications and/or therapy.
If you have been feeling suicidal, you have several options for immediate help. If you are in danger of hurting yourself, you can contact your local emergency room or 911 for assistance. And, if what you really need is someone to talk you through your feelings, you can either consult s phone directory or 411 to obtain a local crisis number or you can call a national hotline at 1-800-784-2433 or 1-800-273-8255.
Whatever you choose to do, the important thing is that you do seek assistance. Depression is a treatable illness. There is no shame in admitting that you need a helping hand.
What to Do If You Score Low, but You Have Doubts About the Results
Although this depression test can help you get an idea if you are having depression symptoms, how you are feeling is the most important thing. If you just don't feel right within yourself, there is no harm in talking with a doctor. It is very common to feel like you are the only one who has ever experienced what you are going through, but you may not be as alone as you think you are. Opening up the door to speak with someone about how you are feeling is the first step in getting well. Don't allow an arbitrary number on a screening tool to stand in the way of your getting help.
What If You've Already Gotten Help, but It's Just Not Working?
Unfortunately a certain percentage of people do have a difficult time finding a treatment that they will respond to. They may go from one medication to the next, either getting no relief at all, or only partial or temporary relief. But, while this is very discouraging and frustrating, it does not mean that they are without hope. In fact, more and more options are becoming available for these people every day. New medications with different modes of action are being developed by researchers. And, just because a person has tried several different medications in the past, this does not mean that a new one coming down the pipeline won't help him. Also, there is a method in existence right now, which, while it may seem like an extreme option to some, it is very effective in quickly lifting severe depression: electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). In addition, there are other recently developed treatments which have been quite successful for those with treatment-resistance, including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) and deep brain stimulation (DBS). These treatments are, of course, a bit more invasive than simply taking a pill every day; but, they often work where other, traditional treatments have failed, giving people who have suffered for years with their depression relief.
If nothing else has worked for you then these options are all well worth asking your doctor about before you give up.