Quick Depression Test

This depression test or depression screening quiz will quickly help you determine whether you might be suffering from clinical depression. Depression symptoms usually include a low mood, a sense of hopelessness, lack of energy, and no ability to enjoy pleasure in usual activities for a period of time.

Instructions: The 8 items below refer to how you have felt and behaved during the past week. For each item, indicate the extent to which it is true for you.


I am a year old / /

1. My future seems hopeless.

2. It is hard for me to concentrate on things.

3. The pleasure or joy has gone out of my life.

4. I have lost interest in things that used to be important to me.

5. I feel sad, blue or unhappy.

6. I feel like a failure, or that I’m worthless.

7. I feel more dead than alive.

8. I spend time thinking about death and dying.



Based upon research into simplifying the diagnostic criteria for depression.



John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

APA Reference
Grohol, J. (2018). Quick Depression Test. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 9, 2018, from


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Last updated: 25 Jul 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 25 Jul 2018
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