How can I be sure if I have depression?
Quizzes and Checklists
If you think you might have depression, ask for help. Start by making an appointment with a doctor or health care provider for a checkup. Your doctor can make sure that you do not have another health problem that is causing your depression. If your doctor finds that you do not have another health problem, he or she can discuss treatment options or refer you to a mental health professional, such as a psychiatrist, counselor, or psychologist. A mental health professional can give you a thorough evaluation and also treat your depression.
- Use this brief 18-question online automated quiz to help you determine if you may need to see a mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment of depression, or for tracking your depression on a regular basis.
- On the depression tool kit website, you’ll find some quick assessments for depression, sleep and substance abuse. Each checklist can be downloaded and completed by hand.