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 in 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.

Depression can look different from person to person, and the intensity of each symptom can also vary.

But you’re not alone. If you’re experiencing symptoms of depression, support is available to help you manage your symptoms.

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

The items in the quiz 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.

But you can 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.

How common is depression?

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

What are common symptoms of depression?

If you have depression, you may experience:

  • 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

How is depression diagnosed?

A healthcare professional will speak with you to evaluate depressive symptoms you may be experiencing within a 2-week time period and to learn more about your family’s health history.

They may also order blood tests to ensure there are no underlying conditions, such as vitamin deficiencies.

According to the DSM-5, you must display at least five of the main symptoms of depression for over two weeks to get a diagnosis.

Who can diagnose depression?

A mental health professional, such as a psychologist, psychiatrist, or clinical social worker, can diagnose your condition.

You may also consider discussing your concerns with a healthcare professional for an initial diagnosis.

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