Am I depressed quiz
Are you depressed? Sometimes, it is hard to know if what you are experiencing is depression or just sadness or something else entirely, especially if you are not exactly sure what depression is. This “Am I depressed Quiz” is not a substitute for medical advice, but it should give you a good idea whether or not it is time to see the doctor.
If you are unsure, see a doctor
If you want to determine the definitive answer to the question, “Am I depressed?” you really need to see your physician or a counsellor who is qualified to diagnose you. There are depression tests that they can administer that are more reliable than the basic “Am I depressed quiz” in this guide. One of the most popular depression tests is called the Beck Depression Inventory II, often referred to as the BDI II (the II is a 2 in roman numerals and just refers to the fact that it is the second revision of the test). The BDI II is an official depression test that should only be administered by a qualified practitioner or there are some sites where you can pay to take it online.
However, even without an official depression test, you can get a fairly good idea whether or not you are depressed from the results of the following “Am I depressed quiz”. However, very importantly, if you are having thoughts of death or suicide, please seek help immediately: Suicide crisis lines.
Am I depressed Quiz (a depression quiz):
- Do you feel sad or hopeless?
- Do you feel angry, irritable, or hostile? (Often this is a symptom of depression in men and gets overlooked.)
- Do you cry often or feel like you can’t cry even though you are full of emotions?
- Have you withdrawn from social activities or your family?
- Have you lost interest in activities you previously enjoyed?
- Has your job or school performance declined?
- Has your appetite increased or decreased lately? (Either can be a symptom of depression.)
- Are you unable to sleep or sleeping all the time? (Again, either of these can be a symptom.)
- Do you feel restless/agitated?
- Do you feel worthless?
- Do you feel excessively guilty?
- Have you lost enthusiasm/motivation?
- Do you have a feeling of being lethargic or fatigued most of the day?
- Do you have difficulty in concentrating?
- Do you have unexplained aches and pains?
- Are you experiencing houghts of death or suicide? (If so, please seek help immediately: Suicide crisis lines)
If you have been experiencing any of these symptoms for at least two weeks, you may be depressed and it would probably be a good idea to visit your family doctor. The more symptoms from this depression quiz that you are experiencing, and the more often you experience the symptoms (or the stronger that they are), the more likely it is that you are truly depressed. In fact the very fact that you are asking yourself the question, “Am I depressed?” and reading this depression quiz makes it likely that you are depressed.
Keep in mind that these symptoms have to have persisted for at least two weeks. Your doctor, psychologist, counsellor, or psychiatrist will likely ask you about this. If you are curious about what criteria doctors, psychologists, counselors, and others use to determine if you are depressed, click here for the official ICD-10 and DSM-5 symptoms of depression.
Although being depressed feels hopeless, there are steps you can take to make yourself feel better. Often, part of depression is that people get trapped in a cycle of rumination where they obsess over asking themselves “Am I depressed?” and then, if so, “Why am I so depressed?” rather than taking a more mindful approach.
In a mindful approach we accept that the depression is here and take some steps to improve things so that it will get at least a little better. I strongly recommend the book, “The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself From Chronic Unhappiness”. It is written by the current leading experts in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (try saying that three times fast). What I like about the paperback edition over the kindle edition is that it comes with a CD that has guided meditations. What I found revolutionary about this book is that, rather than fighting depression, it advocates a mindful approach that I think is more effective in the long run in achieving a peaceful relationship with oneself.
Am I depressed quiz: Conclusion
Based on this “Am I Depressed” Test, hopefully you now have a good idea whether or not you are depressed. However, taking an “Am I depressed” quiz is just the start. If you are depressed, now comes the hard work of getting through your depression.
This should probably start with a visit to the doctor, particularly if your symptoms are serious or you have many of them. I have written a longer article that contains a depression treatment plan, some of which you can start right away.
One of the things that depression does is that it makes you feel like there is no hope and that nothing you try is worthwhile or will work to make you feel better. Remember that this is the depression talking. It is so important to keep this in mind! We take our thoughts for granted as being “truth”. However, in this case, you have to realize that your thoughts are being altered by the depression.
Many people experience depression and the vast majority of them recover from it. So, it is NOT actually hopeless no matter what you think or feel. I cannot emphasize that enough. As you probably noticed from the “Am I depressed quiz,” the very first question has to do with feeling hopeless. It is probably the number one symptom of depression.
Lastly, sometimes when you are very, very deeply depressed, you need to focus on just hanging on. Just taking it one minute at a time. It would be good if you could do some of the things on the depression treatment plan, but if you lack the energy or the will to do so, definitely get some professional help, but while you are waiting for help, all you have to do, your only job, is to breathe in and breathe out.
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