“Am I Depressed?” – Quiz & Depression Symptoms

Do you ever ask yourself, “Am I depressed?  Or am I just sad?  Numb?  Angry?”  You might want to take a depression quiz, but are overwhelmed by the varied selection online and are unsure which is the best “Am I depressed?” quiz to take.  The catchy ones where you pick an animal and a color are fun and all but don’t really give you the information you’re looking for.

 

To get an actual diagnosis for depression you will need to talk to a mental health professional and they will do an evaluation and an assessment to see if you meet the criteria for a depressive disorder. Some of the symptoms of depression include the following:

1. Depressed mood most of the day almost every day, which may include feelings of sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness.
2. Significantly decreased interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities that you previously enjoyed. This must occur either most of the day or nearly every day.
3. Significant weight loss or weight gain or an increase or decrease in your appetite, nearly every day.
4. Insomnia or hypersomnia (sleeping too much early every day).
5. Increased restless physical movements, or dramatically slowed physical movements.
6. Loss of energy or fatigue nearly every day.
7. Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt or inappropriate guilt nearly every day.
8. Reduced ability to concentrate or think including a decisiveness, nearly every day.
9. Recurrent thoughts of death (not just fear of dying), recurrent suicidal thoughts with or without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or attempts.

In addition to these symptoms, it’s important to remember that depression can come in many forms. The symptoms of depression can be mild, moderate or severe, or you may have a single or recurrent episode of depression. In addition, you may also have a partial remission or a full remission of a depressive episode. It’s especially important to remember that some of these symptoms of depression can also be found in other disorders like bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, adjustment disorder, schizophrenic disorders, and personality disorders, as well as major depressive disorder, dysthymic disorder, persistent depressive disorder, unspecified depressive disorder, or a number of other disorders. This is why you shouldn’t self-diagnose, people.

While only a professional can give an official diagnosis, there are two depression quizzes that rise above the rest and can give you (and your therapist, if you have one) valuable feedback about your depression symptoms.

Remember to be completely honest with yourself–there are no right or wrong answers!  Read the questions carefully and take your time.

If you are looking for a free quality depression quiz, you’ve found it.  Take your pick:

Psych Central’s depression quiz is comprehensive, easy to understand and use, and gives you a score and explanation with no registration required.

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Many therapists and counselors use the PHQ-9 in their practice to help screen for depression, and you can access it, too.

 

“There is no point treating a depressed person as though she were just feeling sad, saying, ‘There now, hang on, you’ll get over it.’ Sadness is more or less like a head cold- with patience, it passes. Depression is like cancer.”

–Barbara Kingsolver

If you are concerned about a child in your life and are wondering where to begin, click here for a quality Childhood Depression Test.

 

I hope you’ve found some clarity and answers to if you’re depressed and what symptoms you have.  These two depression quizzes rise above the rest and can give you valuable feedback about your depression symptoms.

Which one did you find most helpful?  Comment below, and thanks so much for being here!

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Resources

National Institute for Mental Health
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs
Women’s Health.gov
MedLinePlus.gov

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