Signs of depression
Typically, the major symptoms of depression are:
- A constantly low mood
- Loss of enjoyment or interest in activities
- Change in appetite
- Insomnia, restless sleeping, or oversleeping
- Fatigue and tiredness
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Difficulty in concentrating, making decisions, or memory
- Thoughts of suicide
Use this brief 18-question online automated quiz to help you determine if you may need to see a mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment of depression, or for tracking your depression and mood on a regular basis.
Methodology: This quiz is based on the DSM-5 criteria for major depressive disorder, as well as the patient health questionnaire(PHQ-9) that medical professionals use to screen patients with depressive symptoms.
- Depression is a mood disorder where you’ll likely experience a lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed, changes in sleep or appetite, and difficulty thinking or concentrating.
- While you’ll need to see a doctor for a true diagnosis, you can take our depression quiz to gauge your symptoms and determine the appropriate next steps.
- Overall, most patients can treat their depression and reduce symptoms with a combination of lifestyle changes, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and medication.