Self-Assessment: Depression Test
There are a lot of depression test websites around the internet, but you should be weary of which ones you use. Normally, making a self-diagnosis is not recommended; if you do use a depression test or self assessment online you should always consult your doctor if you are worried about the results, and only used industry verified tests.
Depression, Self Assessment and Support
What is depression?
Depression, also referred to as low-mood, is a common problem. Although some people may feel "low" and "down in the dumps" occasionally, depression can intervene in our day to day routine and make normal life difficult. However, depression in this case is different from other health problems, such as clinical depression, bipolar disorder, chronic depression, atypical depression or major depressive order, which have severe implications throughout a person's life.
What are the symptoms?
- Feeling sad, low and miserable.
- Feel like crying or do cry all the time.
- Lack of pleasure in things you used to enjoy.
- Feeling anxious, useless, hopeless, agitated and worried all the time.
- Loss of confidence in your ability.
- Suicidal thoughts or thoughts of hurting other people.
What triggers depression?
Triggers for depression will differ from person to person. In some cases, depression can be a biological trait that triggers on puberty, or a string of events can lead to depression.
There are many depression test websites that can be used to gauge whether your mood is characteristic of depression, but this should not be taken as a diagnosis. One of the leading factors to prolonged depression is self-assessment by the patient and further low moods because they feel they have an illness and no support; after taking a depression test online you should always seek advice from your doctor.
For UK patients, the NHS provides a certified, brief self-assessment for depression with a useful information and contact page for concerned patients at nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/depression.aspx.
Asking for Support
If you have had suicidal thoughts or thoughts of hurting other people you should contact your doctor immediately to discuss your health, regardless of taking an online depression test. Depression is a common occurance and can be managed easily with the support of family, friends and your doctor; if at any point you feel worried about your mental health, don't be afraid to ask for support.