Depression

Depression Self-Test

Here are two self-screening tests developed by Dr. Douglas G. Jacobs, a key figure in National Depression Screening Day (each October). They are not intended to substitute for a professional evaluation (which NHLAP will help to arrange), needed to actually make a diagnosis of depression or manic-depression (also known as bipolar disorder). You may also wish to visit the National Depression Screening site at www.mentalhealthsceening.org.

  1. I am unable to do the things I used to do.
  2. I feel hopeless about the future.
  3. I can’t make decisions.
  4. I feel sluggish or restless.
  5. I am gaining or losing weight.
  6. I get tired for no reason.
  7. I am sleeping too much, or too little.
  8. I feel unhappy.
  9. I become irritable or anxious.
  10. I think about dying or killing myself.

If you answered yes to 5 or more of these questions, and you have felt this way every day for several weeks, there is a good chance you are suffering from depression and should see a licensed mental health professional.* If you answered yes to question 10, you should seek help immediately, regardless of your answer to any other questions.

MANIA SELF-TEST:

  1. I have a decreased need for sleep.
  2. I have much more energy than usual.
  3. My thinking is speeded up.
  4. I feel unusually euphoric and “high.”
  5. I can’t seem to stop talking.
  6. I can’t keep my mind on one thing—I jump from task to task.
  7. I have a heightened interest in sex.
  8. I am irritable and short-tempered.
  9. I have a close blood relative who has had a serious emotional illness or alcohol abuse.
  10. I think about dying or killing myself.

If you answered yes to 5 or more of these questions, and you have felt this way every day for several weeks, there is a good chance you are suffering from mania or manic-depression and should see a licensed mental health professional (NHLAP can help you to arrange). If you answered yes to question 10, you should seek help immediately, regardless of your answer to any other questions.

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