Am I Really Depressed?
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Am I Really Depressed?
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Depression is one of the most
common disorders and one that is frequently missed or overlooked by health
care professionals or even family members. Depression affects not only
the lives of those suffering from it, but also the lives of those closest
Depression is more easily recognized
by women. For men, frequently they will feel fatigued, having problems
with concentration or memory, or problems with insomnia, and admit to being
stressed, but often not recognize they are depressed.
If you suspect that you may be
depressed then answer the following questions. After completing the checklist,
it will be easier to determine if you would benefit from seeking professional
medical care with potential pharmaceutical intervention.
If at least 5 of the symptoms
listed below, including depressed mood or loss of interest in activities,
are present for 2 weeks or longer without physical cause, a major depression
is the likely diagnosis. A minor depressive condition can also exist and
may be benefitted by intervention. Contact your health
care provider for additional evaluation.
1. Have you been feeling sad....down
in the dumps?
2. Do you still enjoy...your
job, sports, hobbies?
3. Do you often feel tired?
4. Do you have trouble sleeping
or do you sleep too much?
5. Have you been gaining or
6. Do you often feel down on
yourself, that everything is your fault?
7. Do you have trouble making
decisions or concentrating on your work?
8. Do you often feel agitated
or like you can barely move?
9. Do you ever feel that life
isn't worth living?
10. Do you ever have thoughts
about hurting yourself?
American Psychiatric Association DMS
Signs and Symptoms
Do you, or anyone you know have
any of the following signs?
Loss of interest in formerly pleasurable
Dissatisfaction with life
Withdrawal from social activities
Loss of energy
Feeling useless or hopeless
Great concern with health problems
Sadness or crying
Worry and/or self-criticism
Difficulty concentrating and/or
Loss of appetite and weight
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you are feeling like harming yourself or someone else, or are feeling depressed,
helpless or hopeless, Call 911,
your local suicide hot-line,
or Crisis Intervention line,
located in the Yellow Pages, or contact the Samaritans via e-mail at:
Call someone--a friend, or family member,
your clergy or physician. Look in the Yellow pages under Counselors, Psychologists,
Social Workers and Psychiatrists, if you feel you may need immediate professional
If you or anyone you know seems
to be experiencing depression, consider taking one of the quizzes on the
other depression pages, Self
Assessment Quiz or Wakefield
Questionnaire and contact your health care provider, counselor, clergy
member or social worker and get the help you need.
Last updated October 5, 1999
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