Depression Self Test
At any given time, 9.5 percent of the population (i.e. 18.8 million American adults), suffer from depression. Many people with depression do not recognize it and thus do not seek treatment.
What Is Depression?
There are many definitions of depression. One of the shortest and clearest I could find is this: Depression is a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity1
Depression Self Test Tool
If you are wondering whether you are suffering from depression, you are welcome to use the self assessment tool below. It is an online version of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Short Depression Scale (CES-D 10
). It is a short version of the 20-item CES-D, and it is provided free to use by the Stanford Patient Education Research Center.
Below is a list of some of the ways you may have felt or behaved. Please indicate how often you have felt this way during the past week
We encourage you to discuss your results with your doctor, especially if your symptoms are severe enough to have a negative impact on your quality of life, or if you have any suicidal thoughts.
The information you enter in the form below is anonymous and is not stored in any way.
During the past week...
What are the Symptoms of Depression?
Different people describe their depression-related symptoms differently. Here are a few of the most common ones:
- pessimistic outlook
- difficulty concentrating and making decisions
- loss of appetite
- weight loss or weight gain
- lack of energy or interest
- slowing of speech or movement
- sense of meaningless
- suicidal thoughts
It is this last symptom, suicidality, that makes depression dangerous.
Is Depression The Same in All People?
Not at all. As mentioned above, there are significant differences in the way depression manifests from one person to another. Besides, there are different types of depression, such as major depression, dysthymia, atypical depression, manic depression, etc.2