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 in the world and one of the most misunderstood.

It’s more than just feeling down. Some people describe depression 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. You don’t necessarily have to experience every one of these symptoms to be diagnosed with depression. Depression can look different from person to person, and the intensity of each symptom can also vary.

If you think you might have depression, consider taking our brief 18-question quiz to help you determine if you might benefit from an evaluation by a mental health professional.

Only a mental health professional can accurately diagnose depression and recommend treatment if needed.

This online screening is not a diagnostic tool. Only a trained medical professional, like a doctor or mental health professional, can help you determine the next best steps for you.