Depression Scale

by Ivan K. Goldberg, M.D. Read more about depression at psycom.net.

Directions: this quiz can be used to decide if you need to see a mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment of depression, or for tracking your depression on a regular basis. Changes of five or more points are significant. The quiz consists of eighteen statements about how you were feeling for the past 7 days. To answer it, please choose the button which corresponds to how much you relate to each statement. The left of the scale, labelled 'Not at all', means you never felt this way during the past week, while the right of the scale, labeled 'Very much', means you felt this way most of the time.

  1. I do things slowly.
    Not at all Just a little Somewhat Moderately Quite a lot Very much
  2. My future seems hopeless.
    Not at all Just a little Somewhat Moderately Quite a lot Very much
  3. It is hard for me to concentrate on reading.
    Not at all Just a little Somewhat Moderately Quite a lot Very much
  4. The pleasure and joy has gone out of my life.
    Not at all Just a little Somewhat Moderately Quite a lot Very much
  5. I have difficulty making decisions.
    Not at all Just a little Somewhat Moderately Quite a lot Very much
  6. I have lost interest in aspects of life that used to be important to me.
    Not at all Just a little Somewhat Moderately Quite a lot Very much
  7. I feel sad, blue, and unhappy.
    Not at all Just a little Somewhat Moderately Quite a lot Very much
  8. I am agitated and keep moving around.
    Not at all Just a little Somewhat Moderately Quite a lot Very much
  9. I feel fatigued.
    Not at all Just a little Somewhat Moderately Quite a lot Very much
  10. It takes great effort for me to do simple things.
    Not at all Just a little Somewhat Moderately Quite a lot Very much
  11. I feel that I am a guilty person who deserves to be punished.
    Not at all Just a little Somewhat Moderately Quite a lot Very much
  12. I feel like a failure.
    Not at all Just a little Somewhat Moderately Quite a lot Very much
  13. I feel lifeless - more dead than alive.
    Not at all Just a little Somewhat Moderately Quite a lot Very much
  14. My sleep has been disturbed - too little, too much, or broken sleep.
    Not at all Just a little Somewhat Moderately Quite a lot Very much
  15. I spend time thinking about HOW I might kill myself.
    Not at all Just a little Somewhat Moderately Quite a lot Very much
  16. I feel trapped or caught.
    Not at all Just a little Somewhat Moderately Quite a lot Very much
  17. I feel depressed even when good things happen to me.
    Not at all Just a little Somewhat Moderately Quite a lot Very much
  18. Without trying to diet, I have lost, or gained, weight.
    Not at all Just a little Somewhat Moderately Quite a lot Very much

There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.
~ Aristotle
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