How to tell if you are depressed
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you have a depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day (eg: feel sad, empty, tearful)?
- Have you lost interest or pleasure in all, or almost all activities, most of the day, nearly every day?
- Have you had a significant weight loss (not due to dieting) or weight gain, or decrease or increase in appetite?
- Do you experience insomnia or hypersomnia (sleep of excessive length or abnormal duration) every day?
- Do you feel fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day?
- Do you have feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt, nearly every day?
- Do you have diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness, nearly every day?
- Do you have recurrent thoughts of death (not just fear of dying), recurrent suicidal ideation without a specific plan, or have attempted suicide, or a specific plan for committing suicide?
If you answered yes to 5 or more of the above questions, you may be depressed and are encouraged to seek the help of a Mental Health Professional.
This information is not intended to diagnose or take the place of medical advice or care you receive from your physician or health care professional. If you have ongoing problems, or have more questions please consult with your doctor.