If you’re worried you might be suffering from depression, it’s important to seek appropriate help. This quiz will help you to establish whether you’re experiencing some of the tell-tale signs of a mental health condition.
Are you depressed?
A series of questions designed to assess your emotional, physical, and intellectual symptoms.
We all feel a little down from time to time. Whether we’re going through a difficult time with work, have fallen out with friends or are just physically run-down, most of us feel sad or a little depressed once in a while.
So how do we know if our feelings are a normal emotional reaction to stressful times, or whether we’re suffering from the symptoms of depression?
Who this depression quiz is for?
This quiz is for people who are worried they might be suffering from the symptoms of depression or are concerned that a loved-one might be depressed.
What does the test consist of?
This test consists of a series of 10 questions designed to help you see whether your symptoms are consistent with depression.
What will the results tell me?
The results will give you an indication as to whether you might be depressed; however, if you are feeling down, it is important that you speak to your GP even if your score is low.
How accurate is it?
The test will give you an idea as to whether you are suffering from depressive symptoms; however, as depression is a complex mental health problem, you should not rely on this test to diagnose your condition. Always talk to your GP about your symptoms.
Feeling depressed or suffering from depression?
“We often get mixed up between low mood and unhappiness and depression. The two things are very different. Depression isn’t about feeling unhappy, it’s feeling you’ll never be happy again,” explains Colin Grange, Psychologist and Clinical Director of Lifeworks.
“If you’re feeling low, is it starting to interfere with your day to day life? Are you not doing things that you used to do? Are you losing motivation in and enjoyment of life? Are you starting to not enjoy your hobbies? Is everything becoming an effort?”
People suffering from clinical depression often experience a range of symptoms – both physical and emotional – which can interfere with day to day life. Discovering whether you are suffering from one or more of these symptoms could be an important step towards getting the help you need.
Help for depression
For those experiencing depression, the future may feel hopeless. However, there are many ways in which this mental health disorder can be treated, from talking therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy or counselling, to medications such as SSRIs (antidepressants) which help to increase serotonin in the brain to counter feelings of low-mood.
“One of the challenges is that patients can feel that nothing will help them. Sometimes it can be difficult to get sufferers to seek help. However, there are some very good medications and a range of different therapeutic interventions, so the prognosis is good,” explains Grange.
The important thing is that sufferers seek help and support as soon as possible, which may help to prevent the depression from worsening.
Talking about depression
“If you feel you might be depressed, it’s important to seek help, talk to friends and family, your GP and even your manager at work. Seeking help is the first step towards recovery,” explains Grange.