This quiz can’t replace a clinical diagnosis. If you believe you might have depression or another condition after taking this test, consider reaching out to a qualified professional about your symptoms.

We all go through ups and downs during life. We have those moments of elation and those moments when we feel sad or down.

Feeling down from time to time is not unusual, but when those moments seem to hang on and just won’t let go, it might mean you have depression.

Depression is one of the most common widespread mental health conditions globally and one of the most misunderstood. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that depression affects approximately 280 million people worldwide.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 out of every 6 adults in the United States will experience depression.

Depression is more than just feeling down. Some people describe it as feeling numb or “living in a black hole.”

If you have depression, you may have:

  • feelings of hopelessness, guilt, or worthlessness
  • a persistent feeling of loneliness or sadness
  • difficulty concentrating
  • a loss of interest in enjoyable activities
  • a lack of energy
  • trouble sleeping
  • changes in your appetite
  • restlessness or irritability
  • thoughts of death or suicide

So, if I have all of these symptoms, does that mean I have depression?

No. Depression can look different from person to person, and the intensity of each symptom can also vary.

You don’t necessarily have to experience every one of these symptoms to be diagnosed with depression.

Also, there are different types of depression. The symptoms you’re experiencing can be different based on the type of depression you have.

No matter what type of depression you’re living with, there is hope. There are many ways to find support and help to manage your symptoms.

You can start by reaching out to people you trust or discussing your concerns with a healthcare professional.

A healthcare professional can help connect you with a mental health professional for further evaluation and treatment.

If you want to find out more about depression, you can check out Psych Central’s hub on depression.

Suicide prevention

If you or someone you know is in crisis, help is available right now. You can:

If you’re not in the U.S., you can find a helpline in your country with Befrienders Worldwide.

This brief, time-saving questionnaire is designed for anyone who thinks they may be experiencing symptoms of depression.

The items below will help you determine whether you may need additional help and professional support for your symptoms.

A mental health professional can also help figure out if your issues might be a symptom of depression and recommend treatment if needed.

This online screening is not a definitive tool. It is not designed to diagnose depression or take the place of a professional diagnosis.

You can, however, use this test as a self-screening tool to track your moods. It also might show your doctor how your symptoms have changed from one visit to the next.

Only a trained medical professional, such as a doctor or mental health professional, can help you determine the next best steps for you.