Depression Test: Are You Depressed?

Depression can have devastating effects on all aspects of one’s life if left untreated. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you should connect with a mental health professional. This depression quiz, created by licensed psychologist Dr. Stacey Levy, is based on the DSM-V diagnostic criteria for a Major Depressive Episode, and is completely anonymous & confidential. Following the quiz, you will see your results & recommendations.

 

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In the past two weeks, how often have you experienced a significant change in your mood and/or ability to experience interest and pleasure?

Feeling down

In the past two weeks, you have noticed, or other people have noticed, that you are feeling really down.

anxious man

In the past two weeks, your interest in and the pleasure you get from life is greatly reduced.

In the past two weeks, you have a greatly increased or reduced appetite.

do you have an appetite

In the past two weeks, you struggle to sleep or find yourself sleeping too much.

awake in bed

In the past two weeks, you feel very restless or you really feel slowed down. Friends, colleagues or family have noticed this.

time alone in the forest

In the past two weeks, you easily feel very tired and feel like all your energy is sapping out of you.

low on energy

In the past two weeks, you feel completely worthless or experience a lot of unfounded guilt.

girl contemplating life

In the past two weeks, you struggle to think clearly, concentrate and make decisions.

thinking clearly

Do you have a medical condition that could account for these symptoms?

test tubes

Do you have another mental health condition, such as bipolar, that could account for these symptoms?

mental health conditions

Do the symptoms you experience interfere with your ability to fulfill your daily duties and responsibilities at work, home and/or in your relationships?

women working at computer

Have you lost or gained more than 5% of your body weight in the last month (without the help of a specific and defined diet)?

weighing yourself

Dr. Stacey’s Depression Quiz
Severe Depression

Final Result

Your responses are highly consistent with severe depression.

We are glad you took a first step by taking this screening. Please remember that these results are not a diagnosis. These results are common and help is available.

Our Recommendation

Severe depression isn't something to brush aside. Verify whether or not you need depression therapy by speaking to a licensed professional right away. This is available online through Betterhelp. Over 500,000 people are currently signed up to Betterhelp.

Levels of Depression
Moderate Depression

Final Result

Your responses are highly consistent with moderate depression.

We are glad you took a first step by taking this screening. Please remember that these results are not a diagnosis. These results are common and help is available.

Our Recommendation

Moderate depression isn't something to brush aside. Verify whether or not you need depression therapy by speaking to a licensed professional right away. This is available online through Betterhelp. Over 500,000 people are currently signed up to Betterhelp.

Levels of Depression

Mild Depression

Final Result

Your responses are highly consistent with mild depression.

We are glad you took a first step by taking this screening. Please remember that these results are not a diagnosis. These results are common and help is available.

Our Recommendation

Mild depression isn't something to brush aside. Verify whether or not you need depression therapy by speaking to a licensed professional right away. This is available online through Betterhelp. Over 500,000 people are currently signed up to Betterhelp.

Levels of Depression

No Signs of Depression

Final Result

Your responses do not indicate any signs of depression.

Please remember that these results are not a diagnosis. These results are common and if you believe you need to talk to someone, help is available.

Our Recommendation

Though you don't show any signs of depression, we recommend that you verify whether or not you need counseling by speaking to a licensed professional, such as those available online through Betterhelp. Over 500,000 people are currently signed up to Betterhelp.

Levels of Depression

Get Help Now

Final Result

Please seek help immediately.

If you are feeling suicidal, we strongly recommend reaching out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline ASAP.

Our Recommendation

Based on your answers, you should contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. Similarly, you can contact them by phone: 1-800-273-8255

Life is incredibly complex and can be viewed as a continuous series of peaks and valleys.  During some moments, we triumphantly reach a peak and feel as if we are on top of the world.  Then, in the next moment and without warning, we slide off the peak and fall hard into a valley.  Our personalities, coping mechanisms, and life experiences largely determine how far we plummet.  When one becomes too entrenched in a valley and when the peaks are no longer visible, depression can result.  Depression is a mental health condition that can significantly impair a person’s thinking, feeling, and behaving.  Depression is a highly treatable condition but must be detected and diagnosed before it can be treated.  There are a variety of tests and diagnostic tools that can be utilized to assess for clinical depression.

Depression screening tools seek to identify and assess the frequency and severity of depressive symptoms.  Depression is characterized by feelings of sadness, a loss of interest in activities that were once pleasurable, and a persistent lack of motivation.  Depression can negatively impact a person’s health and may cause physical symptoms such as headaches, digestive issues, and other aches and pains. Depression can modify an individual’s eating and sleeping habits and cause irritability, lack of concentration, and restlessness.  People can display diminished energy levels, be easily fatigued, and can present with low self-esteem and feelings of hopelessness.  In severe cases, individuals may experience suicidal or homicidal thoughts to inflict harm on themselves or others.

Depression testing tools appoint subjective behaviors and feelings with objective numerical values.  This is done to improve the accuracy and reliability of depression measurement tools.  Some depression tests are readily available to the public, while others are copyright protected.  Suicide risk must always be evaluated as part of any depression screening tool.

It is recommended that physicians screen their patients for depression during all routine visits.  A physician or medical health practitioner will usually conduct a physical exam and laboratory testing to rule out medical causes for a person’s depressive symptoms.  A doctor or mental health professional will then utilize depression screening tests, including questionnaires and inventories to gain a better understanding of a person’s mood, thoughts, behaviors, and overall functioning.  These screening tests are invaluable, as they assist a practitioner in referral and accurate diagnosis.  Once a diagnosis is obtained, an individualized treatment plan can be developed.

There are several depression screening tools that measure the occurrence and severity of depressive symptoms.  Some of these tools are self-administered and based on a person’s self-report, while others are conducted in interview format by a physician or mental health practitioner.  Self-administered screening tools have become a fast and dependable option as a first-line depression assessment.  These quick screening tools can assist a practitioner to formulate a loose diagnosis and to prompt a more complete assessment.  Tests may be organized in a multiple-choice configuration or can be structured in a survey format.

Some common depression testing tools include:
  • The Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) is established from diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorder and is a short, self-administered test. This tool is used to screen, diagnose, monitor, and gauge the severity of an individual’s depression. It measures the regularity of symptoms and the degree to which a person’s symptoms affect their overall functioning.
  • The Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression Scale (CES-D) is a tool that utilizes ratings to help an individual evaluate the incidence of their moods, feelings, and behaviors from the previous week. It is based on diagnostic criteria for a major depressive episode and offers cutoff scores to identify people at risk for clinical depression.
  • The Zung Self Rating Depression Scale is a self-administered survey that attempts to evaluate the severity of one’s depression. It measures the emotions, mental, and physical symptoms that coincide with depression. The Zung scale is comprised of positive and negative statements and scoring depicts various ranges of severity.
  • The Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) is one of the most commonly used tools to assess for depression and has three versions. It is a self-report tool that measures attitudes and feelings of depression along with symptom severity. The instrument can effectively examine a person’s mood changes and assess for improvement and efficacy of various treatment methods.
  • The Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HRSD) is a multiple-choice instrument that physicians utilize to assess the severity of a patient’s depression and to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment. It is useful for measuring an individual’s levels of depression before, during, and following treatment.

A definitive clinical diagnosis can only be made following a comprehensive interview that assesses for biological, psychological, and social factors.  This type of evaluation is called a Biopsychosocial Assessment and examines the connection and interactions between biological, emotional, and environmental forces.  During a complete clinical assessment, an individual will be questioned about their prenatal environment, early childhood development, and family history to assess for contributing genetic and biological factors.  A psychological portion will examine destructive thought patterns, feelings, and behaviors, while an environmental segment will measure environmental, cultural, and social forces.

Sadness is a regular human emotion and is to be expected when difficult life events occur.  Disappointment, remorse, and loss can culminate in considerable anguish and sorrow.  Ordinary bouts of sadness are transitory and usually pass after a reasonable period of time.  However, when feelings of sadness are persistent and merciless, it can be suggestive of a more significant problem.  When a person transcends too deep into a valley and loses hope of ever reaching a peak again, depression results.  There are various depression tests and screening tools that can be used to evaluate for a depression diagnosis.  Quick assessment tools can be used for initial assessment, but a conclusive diagnosis should never be made without a comprehensive and thorough interview.

If you or a loved one takes the following depression test and results indicate depression, you are encouraged to seek further help and support. Check out our therapist directory with listings of licensed professionals who can assist you with diagnosis and treatment so that you can leave the valleys behind and begin your ascent to the peaks.