1. Do you experience feelings of sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness, nearly every day, for most of the day?
2. Have you lost interest or no longer take pleasure in all, or almost all, activities for most of the day, nearly every day?
3. Have you had a significant change in weight without dieting, or have you had a drastic change in appetite?
4. Have you had insomnia or excessive sleepiness nearly every day?
5. Would others observing you say that you either have been moving in an agitated manner or that you’ve been moving unusually slow, perhaps accompanying excessive sleepiness?
6. Have you had fatigue nearly every day, perhaps accompanying excessive sleepiness?
7. Have you been experiencing feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt nearly every day?
8. Have you had difficulty thinking clearly, concentrating, or making decisions nearly every day?
9. Do you have recurrent thoughts of death, thoughts of suicide without a plan, such as wondering how to kill yourself or thoughts of suicide with a plan?
***Do the above-mentioned cause you significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning?
If you answered “yes” to 5 or more questions AND the final question, you qualify for a diagnosis of depression and should seek help.
If you answered “yes” to any of the questions in bold, you should seek help.
If you answered “yes” to 3-5 questions, there is something to be concerned about, whether or not you would be diagnosed with depression.
If you answered “yes” to 1-2 questions which are not in bold, your issue is mostly likely not caused by depression.
*the above questions are based on the DSM-5, the Diagnostic Statistic Manual, Version 5, one of the standard manuals used in the diagnostic process in the U.S.
If you have thoughts of suicide, talk to a trusted loved one or a mental health professional about your feelings.
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