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Depression Assessment

It is normal to feel sad or blue from time to time. But if sadness and other negative emotions continue for several weeks or months and your mood continues to interfere with your ability to function at home or at work, you may be suffering from a common and highly treatable medical condition called clinical depression.

Take the following assessment to help you decide if you or a loved one could be suffering from depression.

  1. Have you experienced a sad mood nearly every day for two or more consecutive weeks?
    Yes    No
  2. Have you lost interest or pleasure in activities that you once enjoyed?
    Yes    No
  3. Have you experienced a significant change in appetite or weight?
    Yes    No
  4. Have you experienced sleep difficulties for two or more consecutive weeks?
    Yes    No
  5. Have you experienced a slowing down or agitation in your physical movements nearly every day for at least two consecutive weeks?
    Yes    No
  6. Have you experienced fatigue or low energy nearly every day for two or more consecutive weeks?
    Yes    No
  7. Have you had feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt nearly every day for two or more consecutive weeks?
    Yes    No
  8. Have you had difficulty thinking or concentrating nearly every day for two or more consecutive weeks?
    Yes    No
  9. Have you had recurrent thoughts of death or suicide nearly every day for two or more consecutive weeks?
    Yes    No

Sources:

  • Kenneth J. Doka, Ph.D. author, editor, and counselor on grief and loss
  • Depression. National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, publication 00-3561. Updated 2005