Depression: Am I At Risk for Developing Depression?
Are you wondering if you have
clinical depression? This quiz may help you tell if you're at risk. Don't hesitate to ask for help; depression can be treated.
Have you been in a depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day for at least two weeks?
Have you lost interest or pleasure in most daily activities, nearly every day for at least two weeks?
Have you experienced a significant
weight change (at least five pounds) either loss or gain recently?
Has your appetite changed (increased or decreased) for an extended period?
Have you suffered from
insomnia or hypersomnia ( oversleeping), nearly every day for at least two weeks?
Have you felt tired or experienced a loss of energy during the day, nearly every day for at least two weeks?
Have you had guilty feelings or feelings of worthlessness nearly every day for at least two weeks?
Have you had difficulty thinking, concentrating, or making decisions nearly every day?
Have you had any thoughts of death or any thoughts of
suicide without any specific plan?
a) Did you circle yes for either question 1 or 2? _____
b) Did you circle yes four or more times in questions 3-9? _____
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If you responded yes to both (a) and (b), you may be suffering from an episode of
If your symptoms are disabling and have lasted for more than a few weeks, you should seek professional treatment.