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...

  1. Have you been feeling down, depressed or hopeless?
  2. Have you felt you were a failure or that you let down others?
  3. Have you felt restless or irritable?
  4. Have you had trouble concentrating on things such as reading the newspaper or watching television?
  5. Have you had problems with falling asleep or staying asleep?
  6. Have you felt more tired that usual?
  7. Have you felt you would be better off dead or wanted to hurt yourself?
  8. Have you noticed a change in your appetite (increase or decrease)?
  9. Have you lost interest in things you normally enjoy?
  10. Have you felt worthless?

Source: Mental Health America (formerly known as The National Mental Health Association)

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 02 Jan 2002

Last Modified: 10 Sep 2015