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Are you feeling down, unmotivated, or hopeless? Take this “Am I Depressed Quiz” from Arbor Wellness in Nashville to assess your current mental health and determine if you may be experiencing symptoms of depression. This quiz is a helpful starting point for understanding your emotional well-being and seeking appropriate support if needed.

What Is The Purpose of this Quiz?

The purpose of our depression quiz is to help individuals assess their current mental health and determine if they may be experiencing depression. This quiz serves as a tool for self-reflection and can provide insight into one’s emotional well-being, potentially prompting further interventions with our healthcare professionals and therapists when needed. 

Am I Depressed?

Determining whether you are depressed or not depends on being able to recognize the common signs and symptoms of depression, such as:

  • Persistent feelings of sadness
  • Hopelessness
  • Emptiness
  • Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Changes in your appetite
  • Changes in your weight
  • Changes in your sleep patterns
  • Feeling fatigued and run down
  • Feeling worthless
  • Experiencing guilt
  • Difficulty making decisions and concentrating
  • Being irritable
  • Experiencing frequent mood swings
  • Feeling restless

It’s important to remember that everyone experiences depression differently. As such, not all symptoms will be present for every individual. Additionally, feeling sad, blue, or down for short periods is common and does not always indicate depression. However, if you notice any combination of these symptoms are persisting for an extended period, then you should take our quiz and consider scheduling a consultation with one of our mental health professionals.

How Does This Am I DEpressed Quiz Work?

The “Am I Depressed Quiz” consists of a series of questions designed to assess common symptoms and behaviors associated with depression. Users are asked to select responses that best reflect their feelings, experiences, and overall mental health. The quiz covers topics such as mood changes, sleep patterns, appetite, energy levels, concentration difficulties, and thoughts of self-harm.

After completing the quiz, users receive a score or feedback based on their responses. This can provide individuals with an indication of whether they may be experiencing symptoms consistent with depression and prompt them to seek further evaluation from one of our mental health professionals for a formal diagnosis and appropriate depression treatment recommendations.

Is This Depression Quiz Accurate?

The accuracy of our online depression quiz depends on how honest you were with your answers to the questions. If you responded truthfully to the questions, the quiz can be fairly accurate as a starting point and self-reporting tool. However, the depression quiz should never be used as a diagnosis for depression. Instead, you should consult with one of our mental health professionals for a more accurate assessment and diagnosis. 

The Depression Epidemic

The depression epidemic refers to the significant and widespread increase in the prevalence of depression globally. Mental health conditions, including depression, have been on the rise in recent years, impacting individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Factors such as increased stress, societal pressures, lifestyle changes, and the COVID pandemic have contributed to this epidemic.

Depression and the PHQ-9

The Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) is a widely used tool for screening and diagnosing depression. It consists of nine questions that assess common symptoms associated with depression. Individuals are asked to rate the frequency and severity of each symptom over the past two weeks.

The PHQ-9 is often used during clinical assessments to evaluate the presence and severity of depression in patients. Based on the total score obtained on the PHQ-9, individuals can receive recommendations for further evaluation or treatment options personalized to their mental health needs.

How Common is Depression?

Depression is a common mental health disorder affecting millions of people worldwide. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, in 2021, an estimated 21 million adults in the United States experienced at least one major depressive episode. In addition, approximately 5 million 12 to 17-year-olds experienced at least one major depressive episode.

What Are The Types of Depression?

There are several different types of depression, each with its own unique characteristics and symptoms, including: 

  • Major Depressive Disorder (MDD): This is the most common type of depression characterized by persistent feelings of worthlessness, sadness, and loss of interest in activities one used to enjoy.

  • Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia): PDD is a chronic form of depression lasting for two years or longer. Individuals with PDD may experience milder but long-lasting depressive symptoms.

  • Bipolar Disorder: Bipolar disorder involves periods of intense highs (mania) followed by periods of lows (depression).

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): SAD usually occurs seasonally, normally in the winter when there is less sunlight. 

  • Postpartum Depression: This type of depression occurs in new mothers after childbirth and is characterized by severe mood swings, anxiety, and overwhelming fatigue.

  • Psychotic Depression: Psychotic depression is the combination of severe depression with symptoms of psychosis, such as hallucinations or delusions.

Why Should Depression Be Taken Seriously?

Depression should be taken seriously because it can be a severe and potentially life-threatening mental health condition that can have profound impacts on an individual’s well-being, daily functioning, and quality of life. Untreated depression can lead to an increase in emotional distress, negatively impact relationships and self-esteem, and bring about thoughts of self-harm or suicide. 

Furthermore, untreated depression can lead to co-occurring and dual diagnosis alcohol and substance use disorders as people will attempt to use alcohol and drugs to alleviate depressive symptoms. However, the relief experienced is usually short-lived. Over time, continued alcohol and drug abuse will exacerbate symptoms and make depression worse.

Discuss Your Quiz Results With a Professional Today

After taking our “Am I Depressed Quiz,” if you have questions or concerns about your results, consider discussing them with one of our mental health professionals at Arbor Wellness. Our mental health professionals are here to provide support, guidance, and personalized treatment options to help you regain control of your mental health. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation and learn more about mental health treatment options.

Don’t hesitate to contact us immediately. In the case of a medical emergency please contact 911 or visit your local emergency department.

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