Am I Depressed Quiz? Take This Online Depression Test to See

Take the Am I Depressed Quiz to find out if you might need help.
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Am I Depressed Quiz

If you think you're suffering from depression, take the online depression test. This test is a great way to gauge your depression symptoms.

Having my Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) and having worked in the mental health field for years, probably the most common question I was asked was "Am I depressed?" There's a difference between feeling sad, down in the dumps, blue and having clinical depression. Depression is a serious, but treatable condition. So, being able to recognize the symptoms of depression and getting a proper diagnosis is critical.

Now, onto the online depression test. Hopefully this test will give you a gauge in terms of whether or not you're experiencing major depression symptoms...

Take this Am I Depressed Quiz to See... Answer questions based on how you've been feeling over the past 2 week

Please note:   This depression test is a valid, self-report inventory, created by the World Health Organization. It's a tool used to diagnose depression and the severity of depression. It's used by mental health practitioners worldwide.

Depression Definition

Now that you have the results of your test, it's time to delve a bit deeper into what depression actually is and looks like.

Major Depression Symptoms

Depression is a medical illness/common mental disorder that affects both the mind and the physical body. Its presentation involves a depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure in once enjoyable activities, feelings of low self-esteem and guilt, sleep and appetite problems, low energy and trouble concentrating. Depression is also called clinical depression, major depressive disorder and major depression.

Depression is very common, roughly 121 million people in the world suffer. It affects people of all ages, both genders, all socioeconomic groups and backgrounds.

Depression isn't something you can just will away, nor is it a sign of weakness. It's a chronic illness needing treatment, just like any other chronic illness. A diabetic needs to take insulin, for example, and monitor his or her blood sugar. Similarly, a person with depression requires long-term treatment, like medication, therapeutic counseling or another treatment modality. One can no more readily "snap out" of depression than a diabetic can "snap out" of diabetes.

Major Depression Symptoms

If you've arrived here because you've been asking yourself: "Am I depressed?" or if you're wondering whether or not a loved one might be depressed, you need to familiarize yourself with the following major depression symptoms, regardless of how you scored on the online depression test.

  • You feel sad, unhappy, down, anxious, blue or "empty"- you may experience crying spells out of the blue.
  • Small things set you off, you feel irritable and angry.
  • Tiredness, fatigue and loss of energy- even the smallest tasks may seem insurmountable.
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness- being hard on yourself, and blaming yourself when things aren't going well.
  • Feeling pessimistic, hopeless, like things will never change.
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia: sleeping excessively
  • Appetite changes, either appetite loss or overeating. Either can result in weight loss or gain.
  • Decreased libido (sex drive)
  • Restlessness or feeling agitated- sitting still can be difficult, pacing and hand wringing may occur.
  • You may feel and appear slowed down, subdued. Your movements, thinking and speaking may be slow.
  • Trouble making decisions, feeling distracted, unable to concentrate and trouble remembering things.
  • Thoughts that life's not worth living, suicidal thoughts, attempts or frequent thoughts of death or dying.
  • Unexplained physical symptoms, complaints and maladies that don't get better with treatment. Common complaints are back pain, digestive issues, headaches, cramps or aches and pains.


Online Depression Test: When To Get Help...

Regardless of the results from the online depression test, It's very important to get help and see your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following apply to you:

  • Your sad mood persists more than two or more weeks
  • You find your depression is affecting your job or interpersonal relationships
  • You are experiencing any of the chronic physical symptoms listed above.
  • You're experiencing any five of the following symptoms: insomnia or hypersomnia, over or under-eating due to appetite changes, crying frequently and feeling sad, concentration problems, lack of interest or pleasure in once pleasurable activities, fatigue, feeling angry and irritable, feeling restless or slowed down, feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt.

These are the typical major depression symptoms. If any or more of the above describe you, it's crucial you see a doctor or health care provider as soon as possible.

On A Side Note... the reason I feel the online depression test is so important

This topic is very near and dear to my heart. As a person who began experiencing the symptoms of major depression in my teens, I know how awful it can feel. I also know the bright side, a side I used to think I'd never see. One of the reasons I chose to get a masters degree in a mental health field was to feel like I could make a difference in the lives of people who are battling depression.

If I can relay any message to you at all, I want it to be one of hope. There is help available, there is treatment and you CAN get better provided you are proactive and take the necessary steps. Don't wait to get help. I did... for too long and consequently prolonged my misery. I kept waiting for it to get better, to go away, or for the reasons I'd deemed to be responsible for my feelings to vanish. I began to think I was just weak, couldn't handle life like others and was doomed to a very uncomfortable existence. I finally got help in my 20's, years after my symptoms began.

I'm not saying the battle is simple... There are changes you will need to make to get better, just like anyone with a chronic illness must make. You may need to make lifestyle changes, you may need therapy to change your thinking patterns, you may need to take daily medications, you might need to work on your relationships and you might need a full-blown health overhaul if unhealthy habits are contributing to your depression. But, with professional health and guidance, one step at a time, you CAN get better.

If you've taken the online depression test above and see you fit the criterion for the symptoms of depression, don't wait to get treatment. Please make an appointment with your doctor TODAY.

Make sure to check out my hub on how to overcome depression.


Warnings and Disclaimers

This test is not a diagnostic tool, but rather a useful test to help assist you in determining whether or not you might be depressed. It is not to be used as a substitute for professional help. If you've taken the online depression test and the result show you are depressed, you need to visit your doctor as soon as possible.

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wordscribe43 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA Author

Thanks for commenting, Pcunix. Genetics are definitely part of the picture, I, too come from a line of depressed people. Glad to hear you're able to beat it for the most part.


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Pcunix 4 years ago from SE MA

That disease ran in my family. I feel it now and then but beat it back - maybe because I know it's just screwed up genetics. Good job.. I may have to follow you !


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I have called every place in town and they won't even talk to me. I called the insurance co. and they give me numbers of places that I have already called. Now I am working on Nashville, 100 miles away. Those would have to be scheduled on the same day as my husband's VA appts. for his PTSD. Between all these depressed people, I feel like I am going nuts.


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wordscribe43 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA Author

Becky, I'm so sorry to hear this. Do you have any places in your area that offer sliding scale fees? Many cities have them, but it may take a bit of poking around. If you have a suicide or "life crisis" hotline in your area, they would have a wealth of information for you. It's okay to call for referrals... Let me know what you find and I'm sorry for you and your daughter.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

The biggest problem to getting my 14 year old daughter treatment is that no one wants to do anything about her because no one takes our insurance. They all take welfare insurance but not military dependent insurance. And her Dr. does not feel comfortable giving her pills because they all have the unpleasant side effect of causing teens to commit suicide. I have been trying to get her help for a couple of years now.


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wordscribe43 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA Author

Good to hear you're not depressed, KKG. And you're right, it's a very serious topic. I appreciate your feedback. I hope it will help a lot of people.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

I'm happy to see I'm not depressed. Seriously, depression is not to be played with. You have done a great thing by publishing this hub. It will help a lot of people.


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wordscribe43 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA Author

Cathylynn, thanks for the comment... I hope you're still getting treatment, if you've determined you need it. I'm glad you and your husband took the quiz and I hope it sheds some light on how you're doing. Take care!!


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cathylynn99 5 years ago from northeastern US

i've been depressed in the past and also treated depression in the past. You cover all the bases. Lots of folks (me included)like to take quizzes. what a great way to get the info across. i scored ridiculously low on your quiz, but i'm going to make my husband take it now.


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wordscribe43 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA Author

DMNM... Thanks so much for popping in. I'm glad you found it all easy, that was a goal of mine. It stinks to be depressed and my goal is to offer hope... and insight. No doubt, it can be okay again. Provided, and this is the clincher, one gets appropriate help and treatment.

Great to "see you"... Happy 2011!


DoorMattnomore 5 years ago

hey, I know (because my therapist told me) I suffer from depression, panic disorder, borderline OCD, and post traumatic stress disorder. maybe ADD. anyway... Good news, I'm not crazy!! I really thought the number one question would be "am I crazy?" when I was researching all my issues/symptoms, an easy to take quiz was hard to come by. This is a really good, to the point, easy to understand hub. And much needed. It helps a lot to read about others who have gone through it, to know your not alone, to know it CAN be OK again. One thing I did not know before going to see a doctor, is how all those aches and pains can come from depression. Great job WS. :)

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