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"Am I depressed?"-
the depression test page

Information from a depression quiz is not a substitute for going to your doctor; only your doctor can make such a diagnosis. But the two depression tests below on this page will give you a good educational indication of whether you are depressed or not.

You should also check out these key symptoms of clinical depression which would indicate that you may have a clinical depression and should go to your doctor at once.

On other pages you will find:

My advice is simple – whatever your score, if you’re not one hundred percent happy and zestful about life and its challenges, do something about it! - you are missing out on so much happiness. Give me a call and explore how I can help you: 0845-3510604 / 0117-955-0490. I'm happy to answer questions or arrange, in Bristol or Taunton, a free, no-obligation half-hour initial meeting.

Are you a teenager or young person?

If you are 19 or under, and think you may be depressed, then I would strongly encourage you to talk to someone in confidence. It's easy to just assume that you have to solve it all on your own and to feel isolated even when you are surrounded by people. Even when some people don't understand, there are others who will.
Here are some sources in the UK of confidential support and information about face-to-face counselling:

  • Your GP (who can also offer medication.) It's always good to talk to your GP.
  • The NSPCC website, http://www.achance2talk.com with their excellent 24 hour helpline,
    Childline on 0800 1111.
    The visual design is oriented to young kids, but don't worry, they certainly include up to 19 year olds.
  • Connexions on http://www.connexions-direct.com with their 18-hour / day helpline on 080 800 13219. The helpline may be aware of resources beyond those visible on their website.
  • If you are having suicidal thoughts, then there is a specialist helpline for young people and those concerned about them, Hopeline, on 0800 068 41 41. It's not 24 hours. See http://www.papyrus-uk.org/hln.html for opening hours.
  • And of course is anyone is feeling suicidal, there is always the Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90 (ROI: 1850 60 90 90) http://www.samaritans.org

If you are a teenager or young person,
and you find yourself filling in online depression tests,
then TALK TO SOMEONE. These confidential and supportive sources of help are excellent places to start.

(1) The Goldberg Depression Test

This depression self-test is copyright © Dr Ivan Goldberg 1993 and is used here with his kind permission.

Score each question as: 0 = Not at all, 1 = Just a little, 2 = Somewhat, 3 = Moderately, 4 = Quite a lot, 5 = Very much.

Then add your answers up to give a total between 0 and 90:

1. I do everything slowly

2. My future seems hopeless

3. I find it hard to concentrate when I read.

4. All joy and pleasure seem to have disappeared from my life.

5. I find it hard to make decisions.

6. I have lost interest in things that used to mean a lot to me.

7. I feel sad, depressed and unhappy.

8. I feel restless and cannot relax.

9. I feel tired.

10. I find it hard to do even trivial things.

11. I feel guilty and deserve to be punished.

12. I feel like a failure.

13. I feel empty - more dead than alive.

14. My sleep is disturbed: Too little, too much or disturbed sleep.

15. I wonder HOW I could commit suicide.

16. I feel confined and imprisoned.

17. I feel down even when something good happens to me.

18. I have lost or gained weight without being on a diet.

(2) The Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Test (CES-D)

Score each question like this
This public-domain depression self-test refers to the past week, and a fluctuation of 5 points or more up or down from week to week is significant. But you can also think of longer time periods.

Score:
0 for Rarely or none of the time (less than 1 day)
1 for Some or a little of the time (1-2 days)
2 for Occasionally or a moderate amount of time (3-4 days)
3 for Most or all of the time (5-7 days)
On the boxes with yellow backgrounds,
reverse the scoring, ie score
0 for Most of the time, 1 for Occasionally, 2 for Some of the time, 3 for Rarely

If you score is more than 16, then the chances are good that you are depressed. You should also check out these key symptoms of clinical depression which would indicate that you may have a clinical depression and should go to your doctor at once.

1. I was bothered by things that usually don’t bother me.["Bothered" includes angry or irritated]

2. I did not feel like eating; my appetite was poor.

3. I felt that I could not shake off the blues even with help from my family or friends.

4. I felt I was just as good as other people.

5. I had trouble keeping my mind on what I was doing.

6. I felt depressed.

7. I felt that everything I did was an effort.

8. I felt hopeful about the future.

9. I thought my life had been a failure.

10. I felt fearful.

11. My sleep was restless.

12. I was happy.

13. I talked less than usual.

14. I felt lonely.

15. People were unfriendly.

16. I enjoyed life.

17. I had crying spells.

18. I felt sad.

19. I felt that people dislike me.

20. I could not get going.

If you feel down, don't put up with it - find out how I can help. Take the first step to getting your life back, and give me a call today: 0845-3510604 / 0117-955-0490. I'm happy to answer questions or arrange, in Bristol or Taunton, a free, no-obligation half-hour initial meeting. My approach is friendly, respectful, and very effective.


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