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Choose the best answer for how you felt over the past week.
1. Are you basically satisfied with your life?
2. Have you dropped many of your activities and interests?
3. Do you feel that your life is empty?
4. Do you often get bored?
5. Are you in good spirits most of the time?
6. Are you afraid that something bad is going to happen to you?
7. Do you feel happy most of the time?
8. Do you often feel helpless?
9. Do you prefer to stay at home, rather than going out and doing new things?
10. Do you feel you have more problems with memory than most?
11. Do you think it is wonderful to be alive now?
12. Do you feel pretty worthless the way you are now?
13. Do you feel full of energy?
14. Do you feel that your situation is hopeless?
15. Do you think that most people are better off than you are?
Depression is not something you can just "snap out of." It's caused by an imbalance of brain chemicals, along with other factors. Like any serious medical condition, depression needs to be treated.
Symptoms of Depression:
  • Persistently sad, anxious, or "empty" mood.
  • Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism.
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness.
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex.
  • Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping.
  • Decreased appetite and/or weight loss, or overeating and weight gain.
  • Fatigue, decreased energy, being "slowed down."
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts. Restlessness, irritability.
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions.
  • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain.
  • Inappropriate elation.
  • Inappropriate irritability.
  • Severe insomnia.
  • Grandiose notions.
  • Increased talking speed and/or volume.
  • Disconnected and racing thoughts.
  • Increased sexual desire.
  • Markedly increased energy.
  • Poor judgment.
  • Inappropriate social behavior. More
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