Depression Quiz

How to Use this Clinical Depression Quiz.

If you think you might be depressed, call me so that we can discuss whether you need one assessment session to see if you are experiencing clinical depression.  A depression quiz can be a useful tool while we discuss your situation in a free phone consultation.

You may also wish to call me to explore what depression treatment would look like for you.

Before you call, take the following depression quiz and have your answers handy while we are talking on the phone.

This short depression quiz is based on some of the common symptoms of clinical depression. It’s normal for everyone to have various isolated symptoms of depression. For example, everyone feels sad from time to time. That doesn’t mean you are clinically depressed.  Sadness is not the same as depression. But, sadness that is both relentless and severe points to clinical depression.

During the free phone consult, this short depression quiz will help us to determine whether you need to schedule a session to be assessed. So here are the steps:

  • Record your answers to the items below (items 1-14).
  • Score the depression quiz (see instructions at the end).
  • Call me so that we can discuss whether you need an assessment session or therapy.

The individual items in the depression quiz reflect the symptoms of depression. So, one of the benefits of this depression quiz is to help you learn about the symptoms of depression. It’s not a good idea to try to diagnose yourself or your family member. This is a quick screening tool to be used when you call me for your free consult. It is not intended for diagnosis.

Another benefit of this depression quiz is to give you a starting place for thinking through what’s going on in your life or the lives of people you love. This will become clear when we discuss your situation on the phone.

Notice that each of the 14 items is an opportunity for you complete the sentence, “Most of the time during the past few weeks…” Choose the one, best option for completing the sentence for each time. The best option is the one that you think is most accurate in describing how you have been feeling for the past 2 to 3 weeks

Using a sheet of paper or digital notepad, number your answers 1 through 14. You may also print out the questions and just circle the best description of how you feel for each item. For each question, enter number (0, 1, 2, or, 3) of the statement that is most accurate in describing how you have felt in the past two to three weeks (or longer).

Keep in mind that the goal is to feel better in a way that lasts. Taking this little depression quiz could be your first step toward that goal!

Choose the Best Phrase to Complete Each Item

1: Most of the time during the past few weeks…

0  I have not been sad.

1 I have been more sad than usual.

2  I have been sad more than half of each day.

3  I have been sad almost constantly.

2: Most of the time during the past few weeks…

0 I haven’t felt inadequate or like a failure.

1  I have felt inadequate.

2  I’ve been feeling like a failure.

3  I have felt like a real loser.

3: Most of the time during the past few weeks…

0  I have not been feeling guilty.

1  I have more guilt feelings than before.

2  I have been really guilty—like I’m being punished.

3  I have been feeling like I deserve to be punished.

4: Most of the time during the past few weeks…

0  I have not been particularly discouraged.

1  I have been more discouraged than usual.

2  I have not been looking forward to anything.

3  I have been feeling hopeless, or that nothing will get better.

5: Most of the time during the past few weeks…

0  I have not had any thoughts of killing myself.

1  Although I would never do it, I have had brief thoughts of killing myself or fantasies about death.

2  I have frequently wished I would die painlessly.

3  I have repeatedly wanted to kill myself.

6: Most of the time during the past few weeks…

0  I have had no problem getting started on tasks.

1  I’ve had to try harder to get started on things.

2  I’ve really had to push myself to do anything.

3  I’ve been feeling like I cannot do anything at all.

7: Most of the time during the past few weeks…

0  I have not been feeling any more tired than usual.

1  Basic tasks have been making me unusually tired.

2  I’ve been feeling desperately tired—as if I am barely hanging on by my fingernails.

3  I have felt so tired that I can’t function.

8: Most of the time during the past few weeks…

0  I have not been particularly angry or irritable.

1  I have been more angry or irritable than usual.

2  I have been irritable or angry most days.

3  I have been angry or irritable almost constantly.

9: Most of the time during the past few weeks…

0  I have not felt particularly worried or stressed.

1  I have been feeling more stressed than usual.

2  I’ve been feeling very stressed and that the pressure is too much.

3  I’ve been feeling completely overwhelmed by stress, worries, or pressure.

 10: Most of the time during the past few weeks…

0  I have not felt particularly worried or stressed.

1  I have been feeling more stressed than usual.

2  I’ve been feeling very stressed and that the pressure is too much.

3  I’ve been feeling completely overwhelmed by stress, worries, or pressure.

11: Most of the time during the past few weeks…

0  I have had as much interest in people as usual.

1  I have not wanted to be around people as much as usual.

2  I have preferred to not be around people as much as possible.

3  I have lost my interest in people completely.

12: Most of the time during the past few weeks…

0  I have not been more prone to blame myself for bad things that happen.

1  I have been more critical of myself.

2  I have caught myself thinking of all my faults much more often than usual.

3  I have been constantly criticizing myself harshly or scolding myself for anything bad that happens.

 13: Most of the time during the past few weeks…

0  I have not felt like crying more often than before.

1  I have cried or felt like crying more than usual.

2  I have been close to tears almost constantly.

3  I have been crying all the time and can’t seem to stop.

14: Most of the time during the past few weeks…

0  My sleep has been as good as it usually is.

1  My sleep is not as good as it usually is.

2  I frequently wake up a few hours early, and then it takes a while to get back to sleep.

3  I have been waking up a few hours early almost every night and rarely do I fall back to sleep.

Score the Depression Quiz and Call Me

Scoring:  Add up the numbers for each of the items you circled for all the items (1- 14). What you want to notice is whether there are several items where you have marked “2” or “3.”

What’s the next step? Call me for a free phone consultation so that we discuss what your answers mean for your need of therapy or a more careful assessment.