November 23, 2014

Depression Test

Millions of people are diagnosed with depression each year. Depression can make it difficult to interact in social situations and can be debilitating at work.  Fortunately, this disorder is completely curable.  If you feel that you or a loved one are depressed, seeking out medical help is the first step on the treatment process.  Effective treatment or therapy can help individuals suffering from depression to get their life under control and return to their normal activities.

There are many different types of depression.  These various disorders have a variety of different symptoms.   Even among people with the same depressive disorder, the symptoms may be manifested in different ways.  While there isn’t a one-size-fits-all depression test, most depressive disorders have many of the same key traits and the presence of those traits usually lead to a diagnosis of depression.

This test should not take the place of a professional diagnosis.  If you think that you have depression even if this quiz indicates that you do not you should still seek medical help.

Depression Test

Although only a licensed professional can diagnose depression, this test can help you to discover if a visit to the doctor may be right for you. Answer the questions honestly and choose the answer that best fits.
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If you scored 50  points or more your answers indicate that you are dealing with depression

You should visit a health professional to receive a diagnosis.  The test indicates that you are undergoing the signs and symptoms of depression.  Recurring feelings of sadness, guilt and inability to function in normal life are all a part of depressive disorder.  This condition is completely treatable, but needs to be assessed by a qualified medical practitioner.  Only a doctor or therapist can prescribe antidepressants or begin Cognitive Behavior therapy to help you treat your depression.  

If you answered “yes” to the question asking if you have contemplated suicide in the past month, you should immediately contact a mental health professional. Individuals can also call the National Depression Hotline at 1-800-448-3000 if they feel in danger of committing suicide. Depression is a disorder that many people face in their lives, but should never be dealt with lightly. Seek professional care and treatment so that you can recover your normal lifestyle.

If you scored between 20 and 50 points your answers indicate that you may have depression

The results of your test indicate that you may be dealing with depression.  Individuals who have recently undergone a traumatic life change or death of a loved one often have difficulties coping.  In addition, anyone with a family history of depression is more likely to suffer from the disorder.  Although these symptoms may be a temporary problem, if they continue for more than a couple of weeks, treatment should be sought.  A medical health professional is the only one who can diagnose you with depression or prescribe the treatment you need.  Often, depression in individuals responds well to medication or therapy.  If you have a family history of illness or have felt depressed for an extended period of time, you should always consult with a qualified medical practitioner.

If you answered “yes” to the question asking if you have contemplated suicide in the past month, you should immediately contact a mental health professional. Individuals can also call the National Depression Hotline at 1-800-448-3000 if they feel in danger of committing suicide. Depression is a disorder that many people face in their lives, but should never be dealt with lightly. Seek professional care and treatment so that you can recover your normal lifestyle.

If you scored between 0 and 20 points your answers indicate that you likely do not have depression

It does not seem like you are suffering from depression.  Often, people may experience temporary feelings of depression or hopelessness in response to events in their life.  As long as these symptoms are temporary, they should disappear after a few weeks.  Sometimes, continuing symptoms may actually be a sign of a different disorder.  Patients with hypothyroid often report some of the same symptoms as depression.  You do not appear to be suffering from depression.  If the condition changes or worsens, always consult with your medical practitioner because it can be a sign of a different underlying illness.


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