This depression questionnaire can help you determine if you should see a health care professional regarding your feelings. It should only be used as a guideline about symptoms of depression in adults and is not for use in persons under the age of 18. This self-questionnaire does not replace a formal evaluation by a mental health professional. If you think you might be depressed, contact your doctor for medical advice.
Answer: "Never," "Rarely," "Sometimes," "Often," or "Most of the time" to the following questions:
Over the past two weeks...
- Have you been feeling down, depressed or hopeless?
- Have you felt you were a failure or that you let down others?
- Have you felt restless or irritable?
- Have you had trouble concentrating on things such as reading the newspaper or watching television?
- Have you had problems with falling asleep or staying asleep?
- Have you felt more tired that usual?
- Have you felt you would be better off dead or wanted to hurt yourself?
- Have you noticed a change in your appetite (increase or decrease)?
- Have you lost interest in things you normally enjoy?
- Have you felt worthless?
Source: Mental Health America (formerly known as The National Mental Health Association)