This tool is designed to assess your risk of depression. Although it is based on the symptom criteria that physicians use to help them identify this condition, the answers to these questions cannot be used alone to make the diagnosis of depression. A positive result does not necessarily mean you are depressed; nor does a negative result mean you are not depressed. Rather, the tool is intended to indicate whether or not you may benefit from a definitive evaluation and treatment by a physician.
How often have you experienced the following problems over the past two weeks?
1. Little interest or pleasure in doing all or most things throughout the day

2. Feeling down, depressed, or hopeless

3. Trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or sleeping too much

4. Feeling tired or having low energy

5. Significant weight gain or weight loss when not dieting; or increased or decreased appetite

6. Feeling bad about yourself, or that you are a failure and have let yourself and others down; or feelings of excessive guilt

7. Trouble concentrating on things such as reading or watching television, or excessive indecisiveness

8. Moving or speaking so slowly that others have noticed; or the opposite problem -- being fidgety or restless

9. Thoughts of hurting yourself or deciding that you would be better off dead

EBSCO Information Services's proprietary interactive calculators provide general results based on input provided by the user that is calculated against measurements or formulas considered standard by various government agencies, including the USDA, CDC, and FDA. The inputted information consists only of single values (e.g., anthropometric data or activity levels) not detailed clinical information, and the results do not indicate or suggest a specific course of action unique to the user.