Depression TestYou may feel depressed, but you’re depressed enough to see a doctor about it? It is always hard to know whether what we are experiencing is a normal level of sadness or actual clinical depression requiring treatment.
About 30 years ago, researchers published a self-assessment depression in a medical journal called Applied Psychology measurement. The scale is presented in this article has been used by many doctors as to determine the way a patient is depressed and to measure the effectiveness of treatment.
The following statements have been adapted from that scale. Read each of the descriptions below and think about how you have to feel and behave during the last two weeks. For each statement, trying to decide if it’s something that has thus been almost every day, is not true at all, or somewhere in between.
1. Have you had little interest or pleasure in doing things, even things you used to enjoy doing before?
2. Have you been feeling depressed, hopeless or down?
3. Think about your sleep patterns. Have you had difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep? Or have you been sleeping much more than usual?
4. What about your energy levels? During the past two weeks, he felt tired and felt like I had very little energy?
5. Have your eating habits changed at all? For example, have you had a poor appetite unwillingness of food? Or it was excessive?
6. During the past two weeks, how often have you felt bad about yourself? Have you ever felt like a failure, like you have let yourself or your family in some way?
7. Any difficulty concentrating? Do you have difficulty focusing on television or reading?
8. Have you started talking or moving very slowly enough that people have noticed? Or have you become restless and fidgety, can not stand idly by?
9. Have you entertained any thoughts of suicide or hurting?
If you have been experiencing some of the feelings or behaviors described above quite often over the past two weeks, you may be experiencing depression. You should consult your doctor and talk about how you are feeling. Your doctor may repeat similar to the above assessment and may prescribe antidepressants. The sooner you start treatment, the sooner these troubling symptoms begin to disappear.