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Am I Depressed Quiz? Take This Online Depression Test to See
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 weekview quiz statistics
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.
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.