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How to Test Yourself for Depression

If you think you are depressed, you are likely having a period of emotional lows or experiencing lethargy or other unusual behaviors. How do you know, however, if what you are going through is just a normal slump brought on by real circumstances, or if you are actually living through a serious, clinical problem? Knowing the difference before talking to your doctor about it will empower you to make the best decisions possible, and may be the difference between a simple lifestyle change and seeking more serious help, including dependence on an anti-depressant.

 

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Figuring out whether you actually have clinical depression will mean a visit and discussion with your doctor, psychiatrist, or another medical professional. Internet tests can help you determine some things, but, ultimately, you must decide if you think you need help, and only your doctor can diagnose you and discuss treatment options. It is important that you realize that people recover from depression everyday, and also, that you distinguish adequately between sadness or grief brought on by real life circumstance, vs. prolonged emotional upset with little to no cause, or with no moments of relief of bright spots.

 

Illness, lack of exercise, and a poor diet can mimic or exasperate depression by causing us to feel tired constantly, draining our energy, and, therefore, curtailing our enthusiasm. It is also possible for certain illnesses, such as Mono, to cause us to display depression-like symptoms. The following questionnaire can help you assess your emotional, mental and physical symptoms in order to determine if what you are experiencing might be depression. If you answer yes to most of the physical symptoms only, you could be having a physical health issue instead. Yes answers in all three categories, or three yes answers in the mental or emotional category is likely depression. All answers will depend on a more detailed visit with a health professional for true diagnosis.

 

Mental:

  1. I have a hard time concentrating.
  2. I think about death or suicide often.
  3. I rarely think good thoughts about myself, Or, I rarely think good thoughts about others, or both.
  4. I can think myself into tears or a panic attack.
  5. I can’t control my negative thoughts

 

Emotional:

  1. I often feel on the verge of tears.
  2. I rarely find anything to be happy or excited about.
  3. I don’t feel like I have any control or that anything I do can make a difference.
  4. I am sad and don’t know why.
  5. I don’t feel motivated to leave my bed or wake up in the mornings.

 

Physical:

  1. I am tired, even after a nap or a good nights sleep.
  2. It is exhausting to get out of bed or perform normal tasks.
  3. I don’t have the energy even for things I used to love.
  4. I have lost my appetite, or I suddenly can’t feel full or satisfied.
  5. I have lost or gained weight rapidly and without trying.

 

 

anxietyDepression is extremely common. Many people overcome it every day. If you think you have a problem, don’t be afraid to seek help. No one knows the causes of depression, but it has been treated successfully for many years, now. If, instead, you are in a temporary slump, or if you are diagnosed, here are some things you can do, with or without medication, to help yourself get out of it.

 

  1. Volunteer in a soup kitchen or at an animal clinic
  2. Get plenty of exercise.
  3. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  4. Get tested for allergies, Mono, and other illnesses.
  5. Use positive affirmations daily to break the monotony or cycle of negative thoughts and feelings.
  6. Do something nice for yourself.
  7. Take a short road trip.
  8. Get a hair cut.
  9. Get more sun.
  10. Write down ten things you admire in the people around you.
  11. Write down ten things you like about yourself.
  12. Paint, write, create the happiness you want in your life.
  13. Focus on what is good in your life.
  14. Clean and beautify your surroundings.
  15. Give someone a heartfelt compliment.
  16. Think about how you can make someone else smile, even if you don’t feel like smiling yourself.
  17. Plant a flower.
  18. Water a plant.
  19. Sit under a tree.
  20. Visit a national park.
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