Depression Screen for Adults

Almost everyone feels sad or lonely or scared at times. These feelings are normal reactions to the stresses of life. But when a low mood stays with you... or when it's severe, it becomes depression. That's when help is needed.

If you think you may be suffering from depression, take this self-quiz.

Purpose: this quiz is provided for education only. It is not intended as a substitute for medical or mental health care or discussions with health care professionals. This tool is intended only to help identify symptoms of depression and not designed to provide diagnosis or treatment. Only health care professionals can make a diagnosis of depression and determine an effective treatment plan.

Over the last two weeks, how often have you been bothered by the following problems?

1) Little interest or pleasure in doing things
2) Feeling down, depressed, or hopeless
3) Having trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or sleeping too much
4) Feeling tired or having little energy
5) Poor appetite or overeating
6) Feeling bad about yourself - or that you're a failure or have let yourself or your family down
7) Trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching TV
8) Moving or speaking so slowly that other people could have noticed. Or, the opposite - being so fidgety or restless that you have been moving around a lot more than usual
9) Thoughts that you would be better off dead or of hurting yourself in some way
10) If you checked any of the above problems above, how difficult have those things made it for you to a) do your work, b) take care of things at home, or c) get along with other people?

CONFIDENTIAL: Your answers will not be shared. Your quiz results will automatically be emailed to you if you provide an email, but no one will identify you and your answers. Only YOU may decide to share this information. In no way will we use your name or email beyond your own use of this screening tool.

This quiz is provided for education only. It is not intended as a substitute for medical or mental health care or discussions with health care professionals. This tool is intended only to help identify symptoms of depression and not designed to provide diagnosis or treatment. Only health care professionals can make a diagnosis of depression and determine an effective treatment plan.

For more information about depression, we recommend these links:

You're Not Alone in Your Sadness -- by Jennifer Miller-Kass, MSW, LCSW, Behavioral Health Administrative Director at Southwest Behavioral Services

Know the Signs, Mental Health -- by Gerry Lou Sertle, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, Mental Health Provider at Southwest Behavioral Services

Battling Depression with Mindfulness -- by Katie Grady, MSW, CAPSW, Social Worker at Southwest Behavioral Services

Southwest Behavioral Services -- general services information and contact info

National Institute of Mental Health -- Depression



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