Everyone feels down from time to time. For some, depression becomes so frequent and severe that it begins to take over their lives. How can you tell if everyday sadness has crossed the line into a disorder?
Answer these 10 questions to see if depression may be a problem for you
- Over the last two weeks, have any of the following problems bothered you? Yes / No
- Little interest or pleasure in doing things? Yes / No
- Feeling down, depressed, or hopeless? Yes / No
- Feeling close to tears or easily tearful? Yes / No
- Trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much? Yes / No
- Feeling tired or having little energy? Yes / No
- Poor appetite or overeating? Yes / No
- Feeling bad about yourself - or that you are a failure or have let yourself or your family down? Yes / No
- Trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching television? Yes / No
- Moving or speaking so slowly that other people noticed? Or the opposite - being so fidgety or restless that you have been moving around a lot more than usual? Yes / No
- Thoughts that you would be better off dead or hurting yourself in some way? Yes / No
If you answered “Yes” to any of the above AND if these problems have made it difficult for you to do your work, take care of things at home, or get along with other people, then depression may be a problem for you. Seeking professional support is recommended.