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Depression is a medical word that is used to describe a low mood that lasts for a long time. It has a range of different symptoms that can affect everybody differently. It can change how you think, how you feel, and your ability to get on with normal daily activities.
Take the depression test below to get a better understanding of your symptoms.
This depression test is a simple tool that can help give you a better understanding of your symptoms. This test will help you check if you are experiencing the most common symptoms of depression, however the results of this test should not be considered to be a diagnosis.
This depression test does not replace a full psychological assessment by a qualified mental health professional, and the results should not be used to self diagnose or to come up with a treatment plan.
Source: This test has been adapted from the original source of the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) which is: Kroenke K, Spitzer RL, Williams JB. The PHQ-9: validity of a brief depression severity measure. J Gen Intern Med. 2001 Sep;16(9):606-13. PubMed PMID: 11556941; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC1495268. (Access here)
Depression can be a really difficult condition to live with. It can affect your emotional, psychological, social and physical health. It can have a very large negative effect on quality of life if it is left ignored and untreated.
If you feel like you are struggling to cope with your depression, the best thing to do is to speak to a mental health professional. If you are unable to speak to a health professional, you can try speaking to a trusted family member or friend about your symptoms to see if they can support you whilst you look for professional help.
Educating yourself about your mental health struggles can be a very useful step in beginning to address those struggles and finding ways to manage them. We’ve created an article on depression which lists the different types of depression, as well as causes, symptoms and treatments.
We have other simple mental health tests on our website which you can take:
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