Self-Quiz for Depression
In evaluating your depression, it’s important to determine whether a program like Self-Coaching is enough to facilitate your healing. If you notice that your functioning is deteriorating and you find your thoughts growing darker and overwhelming, the possibility of medication should be explored. If, on the other hand, you find yourself holding-your-own and managing your life in spite of a mild, or even moderate depression (as long as you’re managing), then by all means, a self-managed program may be all you need to begin to turn the tide of your malaise.
Since depression can be a serious, life-threatening condition, let’s begin with the following self-quiz to assess whether or not you might be struggling with a clinical depression. Take a look at the list below and note any symptom that you’ve experienced for more than two weeks.
- I feel depressed, sad and/or irritated most of the day, nearly every day
- Things that once gave me pleasure don’t interest me any longer
- I’ve noticed a decrease or increase in my appetite with a change in my weight
- I either sleep too much or too little
- I’m fatigued and drained all the time
- I feel worthless or have intense guilt most of the time
- I can’t concentrate like I used to and find it difficult to make decisions
- I feel restless, agitated or slowed down physically
- I think of death often. I’ve thought of or tried to commit suicide
If you’ve experienced four or fewer of the above symptoms, you may be dealing with a mild depression (assuming you didn’t check the last box and aren’t suicidal). But, keep in mind, that even a mild depression needs your attention. A Dysthymic disorder, for example, is one particularly troublesome form of low-grade depression that can last for years with chronic feelings of sadness and hopelessness. Another, rather elusive form of mild depression, called Atypical Depression, can be difficult to evaluate because you may feel fine one day and “down” the next. Self-Coaching and Self-Coaching along with counseling can make a real difference in these struggles. In some cases, antidepressant medication may be helpful. If you choose a Self-coaching approach, retake this quiz periodically to make sure your depression is, in fact, subsiding.
If you checked five or more of these symptoms you may be experiencing a Major Depressive Episode and should consult a mental health professional or your physician. The need for antidepressant medication should be explored, especially if you’ve had suicidal thoughts or fantasies. And if you’ve had suicidal thoughts and feel out of control, you should call a health care provider immediately. Don’t hesitate! If you don’t have a person to contact, call your nearest hospital emergency room.