Info & Self Assessment - Depression
Everyone feels down from time to time. This is a normal part of the human experience. Depression, on the other hand, is a medical condition that significantly impairs the functioning of your day to day life. Depression is characterized by feelings of emptiness and hopelessness, with a lack of interest or motivation in the previously enjoyable activities of life.
Depression includes not only a sad mood, but many emotional, cognitive, behavioral and physical symptoms. Depression is not a temporary mood swing, character flaw, or personal weakness. Unfortunately, as depression is often misunderstood, many people feel shame or embarrassment, causing them to suffer in silence rather than reach out for support.
Relief from the symptoms of depression is possible. With willingness and commitment to the process, you can learn to be more like yourself again and regain motivation and enjoyment for life.
Self Assessment Questionnaire
This self-assessment is designed to help you identify if you have some symptoms of depression that may benefit from professional help. It is meant to help you examine your thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and is not designed to take the place of a professional diagnosis or consultation. Answer each item with yes or no.
- Do I often feel low, sad or hopeless?
- Have I lost interest and pleasure in most activities that I used to enjoy?
- Am I experiencing insomnia, or am I often over-sleeping?
- Do I feel tired, lethargic or low on energy a lot of the time?
- Do I often have a hard time concentrating, making decisions or remembering things?
- Do my thoughts linger on death or suicide?
- Do I often feel worthless or guilty?
- Am I engaging in reckless behavior such as drugs, promiscuity or dangerous activities?
- Do I often feel angry, agitated or irritable?
- Do feelings of despair make it hard to get through the day?