Could I Be Depressed?

If you're constantly feeling blue, it may be time to seek help

3. Have you experienced any weight loss or weight gain lately, or any inexplicable changes in appetite?

4. Are your sleeping habits different to what they used to be—perhaps you're sleeping more or less than you used to?

5. Is guilt a common emotion for you—do you blame yourself for everything that goes wrong?

6. Do you frequently feel fuzzy, like you can't concentrate or remember important things?

7. Do you often feel fatigued, like you don't have a lot of energy to perform normal tasks?

8. Does your situation feel hopeless, like there's no way for you to improve your mood or reason your way out of it?

9. Have other people pointed out that you seem low energy?

10. Has the thought of suicide, or the idea that death is preferable to life, ever crossed your mind?

Could I Be Depressed?

You got: It's Likely That You Are Depressed

I got It's Likely That You Are Depressed. Could I Be Depressed?
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According to The National Mental Health Association, 5 or more yes answers indicates that you may be suffering from clinical depression. That's OK. More than 1 in 20 Americans suffer from depression during their life, and there are a wide variety of treatments available. Only you and your doctor can truly know whether or not you are depressed, but if all signs are pointing to yes, make an appointment to get help. 

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment.

Could I Be Depressed?

You got: You Reported a Significant Amount of Depression Symptoms

I got You Reported a Significant Amount of Depression Symptoms. Could I Be Depressed?
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While you didn't answer "yes" to every question, you did report a significant number of depression symptoms. So, what does "significant" mean? There's a vast difference between depression and sadness, and one of the biggest differences is that a person with clinical depression would find that there is not always a logical reason for their dark feelings. Consider this and make a decision: Is this more overwhelming and unsolvable than sadness?

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Could I Be Depressed?

You got: You Don't Appear to Be Depressed

I got You Don't Appear to Be Depressed. Could I Be Depressed?
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You answered less than half of our questions with a "yes," so according to the National Mental Health Association, it's unlikely that you're suffering from clinical depression. The question now is: How does that make you feel? Are you relieved with this result, or are you surprised or dismayed, quite sure that you are in fact depressed? In the end, this is just a quiz, and it's not able to properly diagnose you. If you feel there's a strong likelihood that you're depressed, be sure to make an appointment with a doctor.

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment.

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