Are you depressed? – two helpful tests

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The two depression tests below on this page will give you a good educational indication of whether you are depressed or not. Information from a depression quiz is not a substitute for going to your doctor; only your doctor can make such a diagnosis.

Be sure to also check out the key symptoms of clinical depression below which would indicate that you may have a clinical depression and should go to your doctor at once.

My advice is simple – whatever your score, if you’re not one hundred percent happy and zestful about life and its challenges, do something about it! – you are missing out on so much happiness. Give me a call and explore how I can help you: 0845-3510604 / 0117-955-0490. I’m happy to answer questions or arrange, in Bristol, a helpful and informative no-charge, no-obligation half-hour initial meeting.

(1) The Goldberg Depression Test

This depression self-test is copyright © Dr Ivan Goldberg 1993 and is used here with his kind permission.

Score each question as: 0 = Not at all, 1 = Just a little, 2 = Somewhat, 3 = Moderately, 4 = Quite a lot, 5 = Very much.

Then add your answers up to give a total between 0 and 90, and see this page for the meaning of the scores.

1. I do everything slowly
2. My future seems hopeless
3. I find it hard to concentrate when I read.
4. All joy and pleasure seem to have disappeared from my life.
5. I find it hard to make decisions.
6. I have lost interest in things that used to mean a lot to me.
7. I feel sad, depressed and unhappy.
8. I feel restless and cannot relax.
9. I feel tired.
10. I find it hard to do even trivial things.
11. I feel guilty and deserve to be punished.
12. I feel like a failure.
13. I feel empty – more dead than alive.
14. My sleep is disturbed: Too little, too much or disturbed sleep.
15. I wonder HOW I could commit suicide.
16. I feel confined and imprisoned.
17. I feel down even when something good happens to me.
18. I have lost or gained weight without being on a diet.

(2) The Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Test (CES-D)

Score each question like this
This public-domain depression self-test refers to the past week, and a fluctuation of 5 points or more up or down from week to week is significant. But you can also think of longer time periods.

0 for Rarely or none of the time (less than 1 day)
1 for Some or a little of the time (1-2 days)
2 for Occasionally or a moderate amount of time (3-4 days)
3 for Most or all of the time (5-7 days) 
On the items with a “*”
 reverse the scoring, ie score
0 for Most of the time, 1 for Occasionally, 2 for Some of the time, 3 for Rarely

Add your answers up to give a total between 0 and 60, and and see this page for the meaning of the scores.

1. I was bothered by things that usually don’t bother me.[“Bothered” includes angry or irritated]
2. I did not feel like eating; my appetite was poor.
3. I felt that I could not shake off the blues even with help from my family or friends.
4. * I felt I was just as good as other people.
5. I had trouble keeping my mind on what I was doing.
6. I felt depressed.
7. I felt that everything I did was an effort.
8. * I felt hopeful about the future.
9. I thought my life had been a failure.
10. I felt fearful.
11. My sleep was restless.
12. * I was happy.
13. I talked less than usual.
14. I felt lonely.
15. People were unfriendly.
16. * I enjoyed life.
17. I had crying spells.
18. I felt sad.
19. I felt that people dislike me.
20. I could not get going.

If you feel down, don’t put up with it – find out how I can help. Take the first step to getting your life back, and give me a call today: 0845-3510604 / 0117-955-0490. I’m happy to answer questions or arrange, in Bristol, a free, no-obligation half-hour initial meeting. My approach is friendly, respectful, and very effective.

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