Depression scale (Quick test)

Depression is some kind of emotion that is more complicated than just feeling generally unhappy.

Some are even questioning the condition of this psychological disorder in an affected person’s life. 

Fortunately, there are several effective psychological interventions for this kind of psychological disorder.


How to tell if you have depression in your life?

You can tell if you have depression in your life if you are able to see the symptoms in you.

You should know that people with this psychological disorder will have different symptoms but these symptoms must be prominent in daily life that it affects your daily functioning.

You should try to ask yourself if you feel distressed from your symptoms that you keep crying because you have this psychological disorder.

You should also find some information on websites of charities who are willing to provide the symptoms of this psychological disorder. 

 

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When to see a doctor for depression?

You should see a doctor for depression as soon as you see the symptoms.

Most people with this psychological disorder would delay the visitation but early intervention is always better.


What causes depression in your life?

You can have several reasons why you are currently depressed.

You might have some life-changing experiences right now that are making you feel unhappy.

You might have another family member with this psychological disorder which can be a cause to you having this psychological disorder.

You might also have this psychological disorder without a known cause at all.



Treating depression


The treatment for depression can vary with a lot of lifestyle changes.

You can be treated from this psychological disorder by getting you prescribed with antidepressant medications that could help alleviate some symptoms of this psychological disorder.

You might also be prescribed with psychotherapies that have been effective for people with this psychological disorder.

The therapist might also give you some activities that you can do to make you less depressed in your life such as exercising and meditation.

These activities should be something that you are comfortable with to help you with your psychological disorder effectively.


Living with depression in your life

As mentioned before, there are lifestyle habits that you can do to alleviate the symptoms of this psychological disorder.

You could try to do some activities that can keep you active and get you out of your funk such as writing and drawing.

You can also ask some friends if they are willing to give you some activities that can get you active and moving from your psychological disorder.

You can also access social support if you find this psychological disorder disabling for you when you have the following:

  • need help with daily living because of illness or disability due to this psychological disorder
  • care for someone daily because they’re ill, elderly or disabled such as family members and you have this psychological disorder


There are various websites that you can access to get information about social support for this psychological disorder.

Depression Scale

This scale will tell if you are depressed or not.

You might think that you may have symptoms of this psychological disorder due to the loneliness you might be feeling right now.

Instructions: This scale will indicate if you have depression or not.

Please read the questions carefully and choose the choice that applies to you in each question.

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Please answer the questions honestly to get an accurate result.

For the past 2 weeks, have you had less pleasure in doing things you love such as reading or watching Netflix or others?

  • Yes – 1
  • No – 0

For the past weeks, do you feel that there is still hope for you and happiness is just within your reach?

  • Yes – 0
  • No – 1

For the past 2 weeks, have you been troubled with sleep or sleeping too much?

  • Yes – 1
  • No – 0

For the past 2 weeks, have you been feeling active in your energy levels?

  • Yes – 0
  • No – 1

For the past 2 weeks, have you been feeling guilty about something you have done?

  • Yes – 1
  • No – 0

For the past 2 weeks, do you have a normal appetite to food?

  • Yes – 0
  • No – 1

For the past 2 weeks, have you any trouble concentrating on important tasks such as working or doing school work?

  • Yes – 1
  • No – 0

For the past 2 weeks, do you have any thoughts or attempted suicide?

  • Yes – 1
  • No – 0

For the past 2 weeks, were you able to function normally at school or work?

  • Yes – 0
  • No – 1

For the past 2 weeks, have you noticed that you were having slower movements or speech?

  • Yes – 1
  • No – 0

Total scoring criteria:

6 – 10 points – depression

4 – 5 points – somewhat depressed

0 – 3 points – not depressed

What we recommend for depression

Professional counselling

If you are suffering from depression then ongoing professional counselling may be your ideal first point of call. Counselling will utilize theories such as Cognitive behavioural therapy which will help you live a more fulfilling life.

Citations

NHS. Overview-Clinical depression.

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