What is depression? Is It Just Being Sad?
Depression Screening Test
Depression is not just feeling down for a day or two. The diagnosis of depression is based on having certain symptoms.
The exception is mourning or
bereavement, which can cause the same symptoms, but doesn't count as
So if your mother has died and you have these symptoms, don't worry.
Quick Depression Screening
Check any symptoms that you
have been troubled by for the last two weeks.
___ I have felt sad or blue
___ I have had a hard time
feeling joy or pleasure, even while doing activities that typically
joy or pleasure. I feel "flat".
___I have had a hard time
___I have felt tired or low
___I have had difficulty
sleeping (sleeping too little or too much)
___I have had changes in my
appetite (eating too little, or too much).
___I have felt
mental/physical agitation or slowing down.
___ I have felt worthless or
guilty or lowered self-esteem.
___I have had thoughts about
death or suicide or hurting myself.
Count the number of checks in
Category B. Write that here: ____.
Add up the number of checks
in Category A and Category B, and write that here: _____.
If A is 1 or 2, and the sum
of A and B is 5 or more, you have major depression, and should seek
your doctor or from a psychologist. If A is 1 or 2, and the sum
of A and
B is 3 or 4, you may have mild depression, and should probably seek
IMPORTANT: If you are having any
thoughts about hurting yourself or killing yourself, you should seek
immediately, calling your local suicide prevention line (listed in the
your phonebook), or calling 911, or seeing your doctor or a
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