Depression Self-Assessment

Periodic blue moods, grief from loss, or mild sadness are normal occurrences for nearly everyone. When these feelings become more intense and last longer, it could be a sign of more serious depression. Difficult life events, family history and genetics, severe stress, trauma, major loss, and excess alcohol or drug use can all lead to a higher risk of depression which doesn’t lift and may require counseling and/or medication.

Depression can be treated successfully. Here is a simple quiz that will help you to make some initial decisions about next steps. You may want to speak to a professional about your symptoms.

1. I have seen a steady change in my appetite and eating patterns, such as a loss of appetite or eating much more than normal.

Yes No 

2. I have lost interest in activities that I typically enjoy.

Yes No 

3. Sometimes I just feel like crying.

Yes No 

4. I am having difficulty with my sleep, e.g., sleeping too much, awakening very early in the morning and/or having difficulty falling and staying asleep.

Yes No 

5. I have had more thoughts about dying and suicide. Sometimes I feel as if people would be better off without me in their lives.

Yes No 

6. I feel as if I have very little energy.

Yes No 

7. I am having more difficulty concentrating on things.

Yes No 

8. I have little interest in sexual intimacy.

Yes No 

9. I get much more irritable or angry at things lately.

Yes No 

10. The future seems bleak to me.

Yes No 

Now count up the number of “Yes” answers. If you have answered ‘Yes’ to 3 or more of these questions, there is a good chance that you may be experiencing some type of depression. However, even one ‘Yes’ answer could signal a serious depression that requires professional help. We suggest that you discuss your answers with a licensed counselor by calling E4 Health.

Remember, there are different types of depression and different levels of severity. Obtaining an accurate diagnosis from a professional is a necessary first step in order to match an appropriate treatment.

This self-assessment quiz is not a diagnostic tool. It is simply one way to help you to begin thinking about your current mood and symptoms. We urge you to share your responses with a licensed professional. 

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