Do You Have Depression?

Take this self-test and see.

Which of these common symptoms apply to you?

Have you ever experienced a period of sadness lasting 2 weeks or more?

Do you often feel bored, or have no energy or interest even in things you once loved?

Do you have difficulty remembering things, or concentrating?

Are you disorganized, getting homework and project due dates mixed up?

Do you have difficulty sleeping: falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up?

Do you have frequent nightmares and bad dreams?

Have you been eating too much or too little?

Do you think no one likes you, or everyone picks on you?

Do you feel like you want to be left alone?

Are you worried that you will make a mistake or look foolish?

Do you think that you really are no good?

Have you thought about wanting to die, to go to sleep and not wake up?*

    


*IMPORTANT: If you answered "yes" to this last question, get help asap. If you are feeling too bad to get help on your own, ask a friend, a parent, a teacher, or some other trusted adult to help.

More exercises to help you understand depression and yourself.

How to Help a Friend

You answered yes to the last question, get help asap.
If you are feeling too bad to get help on your own, ask a friend, a parent, a teacher, or some other trusted adult to help. If you have felt this way very strongly or for two weeks straight or longer, it's a good idea to talk to someone about how you feel. (For suggestions, see below.)

Everyone has bad days now and then, feels miserable, left out, loses their appetite or overeats occasionally. No cause for worry as long as you snap out of it fairly quickly. Pay attention to your feelings, though. A negative situation could make you vulnerable for depression-in which case, you need to talk to someone you can trust.

If you have felt this way very strongly or for two weeks straight or longer, it's a good idea to talk to someone about how you feel. (For suggestions, see below.)