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Depression can affect people of all ages, including kids and teenagers. If you think you suffer from depression, this quiz can help you sort out what you're thinking and feeling.
For each statement, select one of the following responses. Keep track of which answer you give for each statement by writing the numbers down on a piece of paper.
0 - Not at all 1 - Sometimes 2 - Usually 4 - All the time
When you read these statements, think about how you've felt in the past 2 weeks only.
I feel down in the dumps, sad, irritable, or just empty most days.
I don't enjoy doing the things that used to bring me a lot of pleasure on most days.
I don't feel like eating and know that I have lost weight this last month.
Or, I find myself overeating and can't stop and now I've gained weight this past month.
I put off going to bed because I know I'm just going to toss and turn all night.
Or, I can't get out of bed because all I want to do is sleep all day.
I find myself tapping my feet, pacing, biting my nails, or picking at my skin throughout the day.
People tell me it's hard to understand me when I speak because my words are slow and I don't talk very loudly anymore.
Just the idea of getting up and doing something tires me out, so I don't wind up doing much of anything these days.
Whenever something goes wrong, I know it's my fault.
I don't think I am likeable or able to be a good friend.
Most days it feels like my brain works in slow motion and I have to wait until I can form a thought.
Most days, I find it hard to focus on my work and make any decisions.
I think about how the world would be a better place if I wasn't in it. Or, I think about how I would be better off dead.
Add up the numbers you gave to each of the 12 statements. You answer should be between 0 and 36.
1 - 3:
Minimal to No depression
4 - 8:
Normal range to Borderline depression
9 - 15:
25 - 36:
The content on this page is provided for informational purposes only. This information is NOT medical or counseling advice. Be sure to consult your licensed professional counselor, or your physician, if you suspect your child or teen needs mental health services.